Oral Medicine & Pathology Center

Burning Tongue Syndrome

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If you randomly start to experience a burning sensation in your mouth, you might have burning tongue/mouth syndrome. At Oral Medicine & Pathology Center in West Hollywood, California, Parish Sedghizadeh, DDS, MS, has the expertise and experience to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and the treatment you need for relief. To learn more, call the friendly office staff or book an appointment online today.

What is burning tongue syndrome?

Burning tongue syndrome, also known as burning mouth syndrome, is a condition that causes your tongue and the roof of your mouth to feel like they’re on fire. You can also have this sensation in your throat or anywhere else in your mouth. 

This pain can come out of nowhere and be short-lived or persist for several months and even years. The sensation is similar to burning your tongue or mouth when drinking scalding tea or coffee. The pain can worsen throughout the day. However, you can wake up to dissipated symptoms and feel much better until the cycle begins again. 

In addition to the burning sensation, you can also have a metallic or bitter taste in your mouth and experience a dry mouth or a numbing sensation, as well.

Can burning tongue syndrome cause other issues?

Because of the frustration, you can experience with burning tongue syndrome, it can lead to other psychological issues, such as depression, anxiety, and irritability. The sensation can also affect your ability to sleep well, which can have an impact on your quality of life.

What causes burning tongue syndrome?

The specific cause of burning tongue syndrome hasn’t been identified, but researchers speculate that it can be from experiencing damage to one or several of your nerves that control taste. 

Other reasons might be related to:

  • Acid reflux
  • Tongue thrusting
  • Hormonal changes
  • Mouth infections
  • Diabetes
  • Allergies
  • Oral thrush
  • Cancer therapy

You can also develop burning tongue syndrome if you have an infection in your mouth or if you’re deficient in vitamin B12, iron, or folate.

How is burning tongue syndrome treated?

At Oral Medicine & Pathology Center, Dr. Sedghizadeh has the expertise to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and recommended treatments, which might include:

  • Prescribing medication that offers relief
  • Letting ice chips dissolve slowly in your mouth to reduce discomfort
  • Avoiding spicy foods and acidic drinks
  • Quitting the use of any tobacco products

You may need to change your toothpaste that caters to mouth sensitivities or rinse your mouth with baking soda dissolved in lukewarm water to neutralize the acid in your mouth.

If you have symptoms of burning tongue syndrome, reach out to Dr. Sedghizadeh at Oral Medicine & Pathology Center. Call or simply click the online booking option today.