Two Simple At-Home Treatments For Burning Mouth Syndrome

Burning mouth syndrome is a condition characterized by a pervasive burning sensation in the mouth, usually experienced on the tongue, gums, lips, interior cheeks, roof of the mouth, and the throat. The disorder is typically a secondary symptom of an overarching issue, such as diabetes or hormonal imbalances. Sometimes, though, there is no underlying cause. In either event, finding relief from the constant pain is likely at the top of your to-do list. Here are two simple at-home remedies that may help alleviate the discomfort caused by burning mouth syndrome.

Keep the Mouth Moist

Regardless of what may cause burning mouth syndrome, it's common for sufferers to experience dry mouth. This can actually exacerbate the problem because the lack of moisture may lead to sores, broken or cracked skin, or inflammation developing in and/or around the mouth. Encouraging saliva production or otherwise keeping your mouth moist can eliminate dry mouth and minimize the discomfort caused by the syndrome.

The easiest thing you can do to combat dry mouth is to drink more water. Alternatively, chewing on ice chips can do double duty by keeping the mouth moist and soothing the burning sensation you may be experiencing. Promote saliva production by chewing sugarless gum or sucking on hard candy.

On the other side of the equation, eliminate habits that cause or aggravate dry mouth such as:

  • Smoking
  • Caffeine consumption
  • Consuming alcohol
  • Eating spicy-hot or acidic foods like jalapenos or orange juice
  • Using toothpaste with mint or cinnamon flavoring

You should also consult with your dentist for a recommendation on mouthwash that may also help alleviate or treat dry mouth.

Increase Vitamin B Consumption

Another thing that can contribute to burning mouth syndrome is vitamin deficiency. In particular, not consuming an adequate amount of B vitamins has been linked to the development of this disease. For instance, a lack of vitamin B12 can cause problems with the nerves, which may lead to a burning sensation in the mouth.

The daily recommended amount of B vitamins for adults is:

  • Biotin – 30 to 35 mcg
  • Choline – 425 to 550 mg
  • Folate (B9) – 400 to 600 mcg
  • Niacin – 14 to17 mg
  • Pantothenic Acid – 5 to 7 mg
  • Riboflavin – 1.1 to 1.6 mg
  • Thiamin – 1.1 to 1.2 mg
  • Vitamin B6 – 1.3 to 1.9 mg
  • Vitamin B12 – 2.4 to 2.8 mcg

The best way to get your daily dose of vitamin Bs is through diet. Food sources that provide plenty of these vitamins include green peas, almonds, yogurt, cheese, chicken, turkey, leafy green vegetables, bananas, beef, shellfish, egg yolks, and avocados. You can also purchase supplements for specific B vitamins you may be lacking in.

For more information about burning mouth syndrome or treatment options, contact your dentist.