Burning mouth syndrome results in a recuring burning sensation around your mouth that can start suddenly and become very severe. You may feel like your mouth is scalded and have loss of taste, a bitter metallic taste, increased thirst or dry mouth sensations. This condition is very uncommon but can happen if you:

  • Are over the age of 50
  • Are a woman who is pre- or postmenopausal
  • Have had a recent illness or dental procedure
  • Have stress, anxiety and/or depression
  • Are taking certain medications
  • Have allergic reactions to food
  • Have a chronic medical disorder, such as Parkinson’s disease or autoimmune disorders

While glossodynia can be caused by various underlying conditions, there is no one known cause. However, the condition can be managed through avoiding excessive stress, good oral hygiene habits, and avoiding tobacco, spicy foods, acidic foods and carbonated drinks.

If you have burning mouth syndrome, come see Dr. Francie Naval to see if she can diagnose what is causing your symptoms. Our periodontist can help come up with a treatment plan that will allow you to manage your discomfort. Give us a call at 805-563-4404 today if you have burning mouth syndrome in Santa Barbara, California.