Patients who are dealing with an uncomfortable condition such as a burning tongue may receive a diagnosis of burning mouth syndrome. Drs. Jesal Patel and Shawn Dornhecker of Patel and Dornhecker Dentistry in the Cincinnati area have experience in diagnosing and helping patients address burning mouth syndrome.
What is burning mouth syndrome?
This is a frustrating condition that can cause a strange sensation that may affect many areas of the mouth including the throat, tongue, gums, and cheeks. Patients may not only experience a burning sensation, typically described as the sensation of burning the soft tissues of the mouth with a cup of hot coffee, but they may also deal with a bitter taste in the mouth, dry mouth, or a numbing sensation. This condition can be short-term or long-term and can be difficult to pinpoint without the help of a trained professional.
What causes burning mouth syndrome?
Patients who are struggling with this condition often want to find the cause of the problem so they can address it with effective treatment. This condition has been linked to many medical issues and concern, including:
- Tongue thrusting
- Acid reflux
- Cancer therapy
- Oral thrush
How long does burning mouth syndrome last?
Some patients deal with burning mouth syndrome for a short period of time, while others deal with it as a more chronic condition that can persist for many years. Some patients find that the condition gets progressively worse over time and are unable to find why it develops in the first place. They may deal with irritability and anxiety, as well as sleep disturbances, due to the sensation.
Treatment varies depending on the cause of the condition, so speaking with a dentist and getting a full medical evaluation may be the first step in getting a proper diagnosis and then seeking effective treatment options.
Dealing with burning mouth syndrome?
Contact our dental team for an examination and diagnosis, and to discuss appropriate treatment options based your need. Cincinnati area patients, including those in the areas of Fairfield and Bridgetown, are welcome to book a consultation visit with the staff at Patel and Dornhecker to learn about this and other conditions that may negatively impact your smile.
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