Dental Problems

Burning Tongue

Burning TongueBurning tongue refers to a constant burning sensation felt on the surface or in the corners of the tongue. You may feel the same sensation in the other parts of the mouth such as lips, palates, inner cheeks and gums-this is called as burning mouth syndrome (BMS). The sensation caused by the condition may stay for several days or few days or can be acute.

Causes for Burning Tongue

The main cause of burning tongue is yeast infection in the mouth and here are some other reasons that do cause the condition.

  • Hormonal imbalance during menopause
  • Anemia and dyscrasias
  • Gastric acid reflux
  • Nerve damage
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Oral cancer
  • Dry mouth
  • Geographic tongue
  • Dental diseases
  • Irritating dentures
  • Some medications
  • Deficiency of vitamin B12
  • Allergies caused due to some foods, chewing gums, mouthwashes and toothpastes
  • Tobacco use

Symptoms for Burning Tongue

  • Burning sensation in the mouth, palate, gums, tongue and lips
  • Dry mouth
  • Loss of taste
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Sore mouth
  • Numbness on the tip of the tongue
  • Thirst

Diet for Burning Tongue

  • Take iron rich foods and Vitamin B
  • Take lots of fresh vegetables and fruits rich in Vitamin B. Fresh vegetables clean the stomach and give a cooler effect to the body. This ultimately helps relieves burning tongue.
  • Drink lots of water that maintains coolness in your body and helps relieving burning tongue.
  • Take plain food with boiled vegetables

Foods to avoid to relieve Burning Tongue

  • Avoid taking spicy and hot foods. They can easily worsen the condition
  • Avoid beverages such as coffee and tea
  • Avoid sweets and chocolates
  • Avoid processed and canned food. These foods contain more preservatives that aggravates the condition
  • Avoid acidic drinks
  • Avoid foods and oral hygiene products you are allergic to

Home Remedies for Burning Tongue

Home remedies for burning tongue are very effective. It is better to treat this condition through simple home remedies than using medicines. Below are some best home remedies for burning tongue.

  • Chew a sugar free gum or suck an ice cube for temporary relief
  • Use baking soda to brush your teeth
  • Take foods rich in iron and Vitamin B

Suggestions for Burning Tongue

  • Avoid chewing tobacco
  • Avoid smoking

Treatment for Burning Tongue

Treatment of burning tongue gives best results if it is treated depending on its cause. For example if the cause is excess acidity, then taking leafy vegetables, avoiding processed food, drinking lot of water, etc will work best. Even it is treated effectively by homeopathic remedies. In case the condition persists, consult your doctor as it can be a symptom of more serious problem.

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