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Are children at risk for burning mouth syndrome?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Children have not been diagnosed with burning mouth syndrome (also known as BMS or glossodynia). Most people with the disease are over 50 years of age. Burning mouth syndrome is rare in anyone under 30 years of age.

Children are not at risk for burning mouth syndrome, a condition that occurs most often in people between the ages of 50 and 70 (and more often in women than men). Those who experience the syndrome, also called glossodynia (tongue pain) and stomatodynia (mouth pain), feel a burning or scalding sensation on the lips and tongue, as well as sometimes inside the mouth.
Burning mouth syndrome rarely manifests before the age of 30. It is typically more common in women during menopause. Children are not at risk for this problem.

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