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What is Burning Mouth Syndrome?

 

Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a common, but complex problem that causes patients to experience a burning or scalding pain on the lips and tongue (and sometimes throughout the mouth). There are often no visible signs of irritation, and the cause of the syndrome may be caused by various factors, ranging from the onset of menopause to psychological dysfunctions to vitamin deficiencies. BMS may affect up to 5 percent of Americans and usually occurs in people over age 60.

 

Though members of both sexes are susceptible to BMS, it occurs more frequently in older women (between 18and 33 percent of post-menopausal women are estimated to have BMS). The syndrome is also called glossodynia (tongue pain) and stomatodynia (mouth pain). BMS is not a form of nor can cause cancer.
 
Reviewed: January 2012
 
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