Menopause FAQs: Burning Mouth Syndrome explains how our mouth may become home for unwelcome, painful, frustrating, oral residents.

Burning Mouth Syndrome

What is burning mouth syndrome?

In Burning Mouth Syndrome the (United States) National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s definition is:

“Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) is a painful, complex condition often described as a burning, scalding, or tingling feeling in the mouth that may occur every day for months or longer. Dry mouth or an altered taste in the mouth may accompany the pain”.

Dry Mouth

What is dry mouth?

In Dry Mouth the (United Kingdom) Oral Health Foundation’s definition is:

“Dry mouth or ‘xerostomia’ is a condition which affects the flow of saliva, causing your mouth to feel dry”.


What may cause BMS?

In Mayo Clinic Q and A: Understanding Burning Mouth Syndrome the (United States) Mayo Clinic explain:

“Burning mouth syndrome that can’t be linked to an underlying medical condition is referred to as primary burning mouth syndrome. This is thought to be caused by dysfunction of the nerves that control pain and taste. Secondary burning mouth syndrome means your health care provider has found an underlying cause of your discomfort”.


Is there an association between menopause and BMS?

In Burning Mouth Syndrome: Symptoms & Causes – Risk Factors the Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

Menopause FAQs: Burning Mouth Syndrome
“Burning mouth syndrome is uncommon. However, your risk may be greater if:

  • You’re a woman
  • You’re perimenopausal or postmenopausal
  • You’re over the age of 50”.

Menopause FAQs

Where may I find more menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQs: Burning Mouth SyndromeIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause the NAMS include Menopause FAQS: Your Health After Menopause: Q. My gums are starting to recede, and it hurts my teeth to eat anything cold. Is this normal?

“A. Your dental health and the health of your bones are closely related. So, although problems with teeth and gums may be more common at and after menopause, don’t think of them as normal. With bone loss, the tooth sockets in your jaw deteriorate, leading to receding gums and exposing the roots, which makes you sensitive to cold. Take good care of your teeth and your bones. Get regular dental checkups and follow your dentist’s advice about flossing, brushing, and rinsing. And talk to your doctor about bone health”.

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Last Updated: 17 May 2020 – Last Revised: 08 July 2019
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