Burning mouth syndrome is also known as BMS or glossodynia. This condition creates, as its names suggests, a burning sensation in the mouth. If you experience a burning sensation that starts in the morning and gets progressively worse throughout the day, then you may have BMS.

This burning sensation can be very uncomfortable and painful. Many with this condition often describe it as a scalded sensation, like the one you get after eating or drinking something which is too hot. Other symptoms of BMS include:

  • A bitter or metallic taste
  • Loss of taste
  • Sore mouth
  • Dry mouth
  • Numb or tingling sensation

You can also tell if you have burning mouth syndrome if you have one of the possible causes of it. The cause of this condition is unknown, but it is believed the problem originates when the brain does not understand signals sent from the nerves in the mouth. There are conditions which are believed to be related to BMS such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Immune system problems
  • Thyroid problems
  • Poorly fitting dentures
  • An allergic reaction
  • Excess irritation to the mouth
  • Certain medications
  • Nerve damage
  • Stress, anxiety, or depression
  • Hormone changes
  • Dry mouth
  • Fungal infections
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Acid reflex

Your dentist or physician will try treating some of these conditions in order to treat your burning mouth syndrome.