How Do You Treat Burning Mouth Syndrome at Home?
As one of the more painful and frustrating illnesses out there, burning mouth syndrome (BMS) can require significant adjustments to a patient’s life, especially if their case stands little chance of being cured. While this process can be tiresome, it’s also entirely possible for a person with burning mouth syndrome to find ways to treat their illness at home, at least to some degree.
These treatments are best implemented in consultation with a doctor or specialist, of course, but by simply integrating some basic tips into your lifestyle, you may be able to mitigate the pain and other symptoms that come with BMS. To learn more about how to treat burning mouth syndrome at home, keep reading as the people at Chemo Mouthpiece™ explain.
How to Spot the Signs of Burning Mouth Syndrome
In an odd way, the signs and symptoms of burning mouth syndrome are both impossible to miss and tough to spot. Those who suffer from BMS often feel the symptoms every day for months or years. These symptoms include a burning, scalding, or tingling sensation; numbness; dry mouth; a sour, bitter or metallic taste that lingers; or increased thirst.
While these symptoms most often affect the tongue, their reach can extend to the entire mouth or be limited to the cheeks, palate, gums, lips, or throat, as well. For obvious reasons, those with burning mouth syndrome generally have little reason to doubt their condition.
However, the paradox of burning mouth syndrome is that, because it is still not clearly understood, it can be very difficult to diagnose. One type of this condition, called secondary burning mouth syndrome, is the result of one or more underlying conditions that must be individually diagnosed, while the other kind of BMS, called primary burning mouth syndrome, doesn’t have any clear cause at all.
As a result, there is no single test to determine whether a person has burning mouth syndrome, so diagnosing the condition can require a complicated series of examinations that take time to complete.
One other frustrating thing about BMS is that it doesn’t usually present any visual signs. This means that a cursory examination by your doctor probably won’t give any indication that you have an illness, and it may not give any hints about what’s causing your pain. Still, if you have experienced any of the symptoms described above and can’t think of a reason for it, talk to your doctor about the possibility that you have BMS so they can begin running tests, if necessary. (Source)
Common Causes of Burning Mouth Syndrome
When figuring out the best way to treat your burning mouth syndrome, it’s generally advisable to consider what, if any, condition might be causing your BMS. By targeting your treatment to address that underlying issue, you may be more effective at mitigating your symptoms. (Source)
The following are some of the most common causes of BMS:
- Hormonal imbalances, whether caused by an endocrine disorder, such as diabetes or hypothyroidism, or a natural process, such as pregnancy or menopause
- Oral conditions, especially fungal infections like thrush or ailments like oral lichen planus or geographic tongue
- Extreme dry mouth, such as the kind that appears as a side effect of chemotherapy or that is caused by certain disorders, such as Sjogren’s syndrome
- The side effects of certain medications, especially those used to treat high blood pressure
- Chronic acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD
- A lack of certain nutrients, especially vitamin D, vitamin B, iron, or zinc
- An allergy or sensitivity to foods, food additives, fragrances, dyes, or dental substances
- Excessive oral irritation, such as what might result from overbrushing your tongue, using mouthwashes too often, drinking too many acidic beverages, or using abrasive toothpaste
Treating Burning Mouth Syndrome at Home
Firstly, it’s important to note that, while many cases of burning mouth syndrome can be cured through the treatment of an underlying cause, cases of primary BMS often cannot be eliminated; these patients should instead concentrate on minimizing the pain and other unpleasant symptoms they experience.
If your doctor has identified the cause of your BMS, consider a treatment aimed at that specific condition or behavior. Burning mouth syndrome caused by harmful oral habits, for instance, might be addressed by changing which products you use or altering how you use them, while BMS caused by dry mouth may be helped with the use of saliva replacement products, which can moisturize the oral cavity.
If these options are not available to you, keep in mind that many patients with burning mouth syndrome report that their pain is lessened while eating. If this is true for you, try chewing sugarless gum or sipping on water to minimize discomfort. For other people with BMS, cryotherapy may be an effective option. (Source)
Some patients suck on ice chips, but a more effective option – the Chemo Mouthpiece™ – is available.
Powerful Cryotherapy Device for Treating Burning Mouth Syndrome at Home
If you or someone you know suffers from burning mouth syndrome, help is available in the form of the Chemo Mouthpiece™. This powerful oral cryotherapy device was originally designed to help with mucositis caused by chemotherapy, but its cooling power can also bring relief to those suffering from burning mouth syndrome.
To learn more about this product, including how it works and what benefits it can offer to people with BMS, visit the Chemo Mouthpiece™ website or call us today at (866) 461-7518.