Burning Mouth Syndrome
Burning Mouth Syndrome

Authored By: Allison DiMatteo

Reviewed By: Mahnaz Fatahzadeh, DMD

Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a chronic, painful condition characterized by burning sensations in the tongue, lips, palate (roof of the mouth), gums, inside of the cheeks and the back of the mouth or throat. The discomfort cannot be easily attributed to any physical abnormalities in the mouth or any underlying medical disorders.

A complicated and poorly understood condition, burning mouth syndrome appears to affect women seven times more often than men. Most people suffering from burning mouth syndrome are middle aged, but younger individuals also have been affected by the condition.

Burning mouth syndrome may also be called burning tongue syndrome, burning lips syndrome, glossodynia, stomatodynia and scalded mouth syndrome.

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