How to Prevent Burning Mouth Syndrome
Preventing Burning Mouth Syndrome is not an easy feat because it is usually begins suddenly and with little – if any – explanation as to why it is happening. Although it is seen mainly in middle-aged women, it can occur in anyone at any age.
Tips to Prevent Burning Mouth Syndrome
There are several different measures to take in preventing Burning Mouth Syndrome. Depending on a person’s age, habits, as well as his or her mental and physical health. However, Mayo Clinic reports that there is not one definitive way to prevent this condition.
However, here are few tips to help prevent Burning Mouth Syndrome from getting worse:
- Steer clear of tobacco.
- Stay away from acidic foods and drinks.
- Avoid excessive stress.
Unfortunately, these tips may be easier said than done. Robert Matlock, DDS, MAGD, of Matlock General Dentistry in Rogers, Ark., says avoiding stress in our lives is essentially impossible. “It’s just one of those things that is going to happen,” says Matlock. “People are going to get older; people are going to have stress. If we died young, we wouldn’t have it.”
In order to reduce stress in life, along with stress from frustrating side effects of Burning Mouth Syndrome, Mayo Clinic recommends:
- Practice relaxation techniques, like yoga or Thai Chi.
- Take up new hobbies or engage in activities when feeling anxious.
- Stay social with family and friends.
- Find a support group.
Chris Campbell, DMD, of Palmetto Dental Associates in Lexington, SC. says the best preventative measure is “mainly being aware of what initially caused it –stress or medication, etc. – and trying to avoid whatever it is.”
One such cause could be tobacco use. According to the Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine, Burning Mouth Syndrome is poorly misunderstood, but researchers do know that there is a significant relationship between smoking and Burning Mouth Syndrome. Experts found cigarettes carry harmful substances, possibly causing the condition, including benzopyrene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
For others, the cause of Burning Mouth Syndrome might be nutrient deficiencies, so it is important to take any additional supplements, such as B Vitamins, and to eat a healthy balanced diet to prevent Burning Mouth Syndrome.
Additionally, Burning Mouth Syndrome may cause people to become seriously anxious or depressed, which causes stress and further perpetuates the cycle. Therefore, it is important for them to see a cognitive therapist specialized in treating medical conditions without explanations, according to PubMed.
It’s imperative that patients work toward the reversal of all habits or issues contributing to the condition. Otherwise, Burning Mouth Syndrome may worsen and can last for several years.
To prevent Burning Mouth Syndrome from happening in the future or worsening, maintaining good overall oral health, as well as mental and physical health is important. Since it is a condition without any clear medical explanation, patients must take every measure in an effort to stop it.