How to Treat Burning Mouth Syndrome
Though most take it for granted, the ability to eat, drink, and speak comfortably is one that not every person enjoys. There are a variety of conditions that can make it difficult to carry out these basic tasks, from the side effects of chemotherapy treatments to the development of ailments like burning mouth syndrome (BMS).
Those who suffer from BMS may experience a number of unpleasant symptoms that diminish their quality of life, and because this illness is tough to identify, let alone treat, many of these people must live with daily pain.
Even if a case of BMS can’t be eliminated, there are often ways to mitigate the pain and reduce the severity of symptoms. Cryotherapy – the use of cold temperatures to treat the body – is one such method, and the Chemo Mouthpiece™ is a breakthrough in oral cryotherapy.
What began as an innovative product intended to help chemotherapy patients is being found helpful in treating other oral morbidities; BMS being one of them.
Learn more about this simple, easy-to-use medical device by reading below or calling (866) 461-7518 today.
What is Burning Mouth Syndrome?
The signs of burning mouth syndrome can vary slightly, but most cases share a common symptom: discomfort centered in the mouth. This often comes in the form of a burning or scalding sensation that can linger for days, weeks, or even longer. Others suffering from BMS experience feelings of tingling or numbness instead (Source).
The sensations linked to BMS may be constant for some, with pain that continues throughout the day, or they may be intermittent, showing up only at certain times or growing increasingly severe over the course of the day. Other issues associated with BMS include dry mouth (xerostomia) or an altered sense of taste.
When you first begin experiencing the symptoms of BMS, your doctor or dentist will likely refer you for testing. Some of the tests used to try and find the source of a patient’s BMS include:
- Blood tests
- Oral swab tests
- Tissue biopsies
- Imaging tests
- Allergy tests
- Gastric reflux tests
- Salivary flow measurements
- Medication adjustments
If the result is you do have burning mouth syndrome, the results of these tests will determine which of the two forms of burning mouth syndrome you have: primary BMS or secondary BMS.
We’ll explain the differences between these conditions below:
Primary Burning Mouth Syndrome
In cases where your healthcare provider can’t find any underlying conditions that could be causing your pain, you will be diagnosed with primary BMS. Most experts believe that primary BMS is caused by damage to the nerves in the mouth responsible for detecting pain and tastes, though no definitive cause has yet been determined. Patients with this type of BMS may be unable to cure their condition, so treatments designed to mitigate the symptoms must be used to reduce pain and improve patients’ quality of life.
The Chemo Mouthpiece, which is essentially an ice pack for inside the mouth, is a preferred and more comfortable alternative to ice chips due to the tooth and gum sensitivity ice causes. You receive the relief of the cooling sensation the mouthpiece provides, but due to the FDA medical grade silicone barrier between your gums/teeth and the cold, patients find the mouthpiece an ideal alternative. The mouthpiece also fills the entire oral cavity, providing relief everywhere.
If testing reveals a specific medical issue that could be causing your pain – such as an oral infection, acid reflux, or a nutritional deficiency – you will be diagnosed with secondary BMS. Those with this form of BMS are in luck, as treating the underlying cause of the BMS often means an end to the symptoms.
However, there may be cases in which even secondary BMS may not be curable; if so, your doctor or dentist should be able to recommend options for controlling the pain and relieving any other symptoms you may have.
Treating Your Burning Mouth Syndrome
Because BMS is a complicated condition with many possible causes, treatments for this ailment come in several forms. Some of these treatments may work for a portion of patients, but not others; always speak with your healthcare provider before attempting to treat yourself (Source).
If you have secondary BMS, your doctor or dentist will probably focus on treating the underlying condition that is causing your symptoms, giving you a clear path to relief from BMS.
If you have primary BMS, however, you may have to try a few different treatments before finding one or more that work for you.
Some of the most common treatments for BMS:
- Oral cryotherapy (ice chips, ice pops, etc.) cools the mouth and relieve any pain or burning sensations that may linger
- Artificial saliva products may help patients with dry mouth keep their oral cavity moist.
- A medicated oral rinse, especially one containing lidocaine, may temporarily ease your pain or numb your mouth.
- Medications that block or limit nerve pain may prove effective in some cases.
While the various medicated treatments used for BMS can be more or less effective depending on the patient, cryotherapy through the use of a device like the Chemo Mouthpiece™ doesn’t rely on an individual’s reaction to chemicals, making it a solid option for just about anyone with BMS.
The potent cooling power of the Chemo Mouthpiece™ can lower the temperature in the mouth by as much as 30 degrees over the course of half an hour, cooling the mouth and bringing relief to those suffering from this potentially debilitating condition.
Oral Cryotherapy Device for Treating Burning Mouth Syndrome
Finding ways to cope with burning mouth syndrome can be difficult. That’s where cryotherapy comes in: By using a device designed to cool the entire oral cavity uniformly, you can soothe your pain and get relief without having to rely on medication or other forms of treatment that may be less effective or involve the use of drugs.
If you’re struggling with burning or tingling sensations in your mouth and are using ice chips as part of your regimen to find symptom relief, the Chemo Mouthpiece™ is ideal for you.
Learn more about this device here or by calling (866) 461-7518 today.