Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a painful, frustrating condition often described as a scalding sensation in the tongue, lips, palate, or throughout the mouth. BMS can affect anyone, but it occurs most commonly in middle-aged or older women.
BMS often occurs with a range of medical and dental conditions, from nutritional deficiencies, menopause to dry mouth and allergies.
Moderate to severe burning in the mouth is the main symptom of BMS and can persist for months or years. The burning sensation begins in late morning, builds to a peak by evening, and often subsides at night. Some feel constant pain; and for some, pain comes and goes. Anxiety and depression are common in people with burning mouth syndrome and may result from their chronic pain.
Other symptoms include:
Treatment should be tailored to your individual needs.