Burning Mouth Syndrome is a chronic disorder that manifests with a painful stinging or burning sensation. This sensation is mainly felt on the tongue, inner lips and palate, although it can also be felt on the inner cheeks and gums.
It is important to add that in these structures there is no lesion that justifies the discomfort, being considered a pain of neuropathic origin.
It usually appears in adulthood from the age of 50 years, it is very characteristic that it affects women in the menopausal age.
How is the pain of this syndrome?
The pain can be from mild to very severe, does not usually give discomfort during sleep, and usually increases gradually throughout the day (being more annoying in the afternoon). In periods of stress, anxiety or depression symptoms usually increase.
Consequences of Burning Mouth Syndrome
Burning Mouth Syndrome is not a serious disorder, but it usually leads to a loss of quality of life. The origin is unknown, although it has been described that it could be triggered after trauma, dental treatments, depression or periods of anxiety.
There are different treatments to alleviate the discomfort, most of them are applied locally to the mouth, greatly improving the quality of life of these patients.