A burning tongue, or burning mouth syndrome (BMS), is a condition that causes a sensation of burning in the mouth. People with this condition often describe the burn as feeling similar to a hot drink scald. There are several known causes of BMS, but the reason for its onset can be unclear. The treatment will depend on the cause. According to the American Academy of Oral Medicine (AAOM), approximately 2 percent of people in the United States have BMS. It can affect the following parts of the mouth: tongue the roof of the mouth and as well as inside of the cheeks, gums, and lips.True BMS may be primary, meaning that it results from a direct cause, or secondary, which means that the cause is indirect. According to the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center, the primary form of BMS results from damage to the nerves that control taste and pain sensations. Secondary BMS may occur because of other medical conditions or treatments, including: allergies to specific foods or dental products. BMS commonly affects the tongue, but people may also experience discomfort in the: lips gums throat roof of the mouth inside of the cheeks.
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