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Do you have a Burning Mouth? 02-04-2014

Burning Mouth Syndrome is an idiopathic condition, which means that the exact cause is unknown. The prevalence of this condition is around 4%. It is much more commonly seen in women than men, particularly affecting women during and after menopause.

There are three main symptoms

  • Pain
  • Altered taste (Dysgeusia)
  • Dry mouth (Xerostomia)

It is usually associated with the tongue however sometimes the lips and cheeks are also involved. The sensation is on both sides of the mouth and the symptoms must be present for at least 4-6 months for it to be categorised as BMS.

In up to 70% of cases a persistent taste in the mouth (Dysgeusia) or altered perception of taste is present. This can be a bitter, metallic, sweet or mixed sensation.

If you are concerned that you may have this condition, see your dentist at Ock Street for further advice.

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