If you’re like most people, at some point or another, you’ve definitely taken a bite of food that left your mouth feeling like it had been burned.
But were you aware that for some people, the impression of having a hot or burning sensation in the mouth can occur even if they have never taken a mouthful of food that is particularly hot?
Burning Mouth Syndrome, which is often referred to as BMS, is a condition that can affect any portion of your oral cavity, including the palate, tongue, and lips. What else may it be if it’s not that you’re eating food that’s been cooked to an unsafe temperature?
It has been determined by medical professionals that patients who suffer from BMS have alterations in the manner in which the brain receives messages that are transmitted from the nerves in the mouth. Therefore, a person who has this illness will have a sensation of burning or pain if they eat a mouthful of food, apply lip balm, or do anything else that disrupts the regular working of the nerve impulses in their body.
While the jury is still out on what exactly causes BMS, some medical experts are of the opinion that plausible causes could be related to the following:
- Immune system disorders
- Shifts in hormone levels
- The three conditions of depression, anxiety, and stress
- sensitivity to artificial teeth, oral appliances, or toothpaste
- oral appliances that do not fit properly
- Trauma to the nerves that control sensations of taste and pain
If you are experiencing any kind of dental pain, you should get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible to set up an appointment so that they can determine the cause of the problem.
Dr. Motiwala in International Press
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