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Burning Mouth Syndrome

Burning Mouth Syndrome What is Burning Mouth Syndrome?

Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a painful, complex condition often described as a scalding feeling in the mouth that may occur every day for months or longer. Dry mouth or an altered taste in the mouth may accompany the pain. 

How is it diagnosed?

Unfortunately, no specific test exists for diagnosing BMS, which makes it very difficult to diagnose. A lot of tests may be needed.

How is it treated?

Treatment is tailored to the specific needs of each patient. There is no specific treatment that works for all people with BMS. Your doctor can prescribe medicine to help you manage the discomfort from mouth pain, dry mouth, or other symptoms.​ 

Health Information

  • Burning Mouth Syndrome
    This patient fact sheet discusses the signs and symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of burning mouth syndrome.  It also offers helpful tips for easing the pain associated with this condition.
  • MedlinePlus: Burning Mouth Syndrome
    The National Library of Medicine's compilation of links to government, professional, and non-profit/voluntary organizations with information on burning mouth syndrome.

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This page last updated: October 09, 2014