Burning Tongue Information

Burning mouth is a painful sensation that is felt in almost all the corners of the tongue. It is also known as scalded mouth syndrome, burning tongue syndrome, burning lips syndrome, glossodynia and stomatodynia. Burning tongue basically affects the tongue, gums, lips, inside of the cheeks, roof of the mouth and other areas of the mouth. A person affected with burning tongue loses his sense of taste for sometime. There are numerous factors due to which burning tongue occurs. In the following lines, we have listed the causes and symptoms of burning tongue.

Causes Of Burning Tongue

  • Yeast infection
  • Hormonal deficiency and/or abnormality
  • Diabetes
  • Menopause
  • Oral Candida, such as oral yeast
  • Dry mouth
  • Medications, like diuretics, oral diabetic medicines, some blood pressure medicines, etc
  • Blood abnormalities, such as dyscrasias and anemia
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Nutritional deficiencies (especially vitamin B-12, niacin, iron, and folic acid deficiency)
  • Gastric acid reflux
  • Allergies from certain foods, toothpaste, mouthwash and chewing gums
  • Dental disease
  • Noxious oral habits, such as tongue biting
  • Psychological factors, such as depression
  • Chronic infections
  • Inflammatory disorders
  • Lingual nerve damage
  • Tobacco use
  • Oral cancer
Symptoms Of Burning Tongue
  • A burning sensation, affecting tongue, lips, gums, palate, throat or whole mouth
  • A tingling or numb sensation in mouth or on the tip of tongue
  • Mouth pain that worsens as the day progresses
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased thirst
  • Sore mouth
  • Loss of taste
  • Taste change, such as a bitter or metallic taste

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