Norfolk County Dental Associates
158 Main Street
Norfolk, Massachusetts 02056
Burning mouth usually occurs in individuals over 50, but can affect others as well. There are several reasons why it occurs.
Denture problems: a new denture, or one that doesn't fit well, can irritate your entire mouth.
Reduced salivary gland function: this will cause the mouth to become dry, inviting oral discomfort, difficulty eating or swallowing, loss of taste, and a burning mouth. Salivary gland dysfunction sometimes comes with age. But there are saliva substitutes and rinses to protect your oral tissues, and soothe burning sensations.
Medications: these often dry the mouth (side effects)
Vitamin deficiency: there is some evidence linking burning mouth syndrome to Vitamin B deficiency.
Candida infections: this is a common oral fungus, usually apparent to the eye but sometimes undetectable. A topical anti-fungal agent can be prescribed.