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What dental problems can cause burning mouth syndrome?

Some dental problems can be a factor in burning mouth syndrome. These include:

  • poor fitting dentures
  • dental traum
  • jaw clenching
  • teeth grinding, or bruxism
  • salivary gland disorders
  • oral lesions

If you are expericing any of these problems or burning mouth, see your dentist.

Burning mouth syndrome can be caused by ill-fitting dentures or if you're allergic to the materials used to make artificial teeth. Makers of dentures have made great strides in ensuring that their products look like natural teeth and fit comfortably. If you wear dentures and they frequently slip, irritate your mouth, or feel unnatural, you could be at risk for burning mouth syndrome. Tell your dentist if your dentures hurt or feel uncomfortable.

Dentures can contribute to burning mouth syndrome (also known as BMS or glossodynia). Dentures should be fitted well, or they can irritate delicate mouth tissues. Some people may be sensitive to the material used to make dentures. Other mouth irritation, such as over use of mouthwashes or brushing your tongue too hard or too frequently, can contribute to burning mouth symptoms.

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