Burning mouth syndrome
Other Names for this Disease
- Burning mouth disorder
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If the underlying cause of burning mouth syndrome is determined, treatment is aimed at the triggering factor(s). If no cause can be found, treatment can be challenging. The following are potential therapies for burning mouth syndrome; we strongly recommend that you work with your health care provider in determining which therapy is right for you.
A lozenge-type form of the anticonvulsant medication clonazepam (Klonopin)
Alpha-lipoic acid (antioxidant)
Oral thrush medications
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Special oral rinses or mouth washes
Saliva replacement products
Sip water frequently.
Suck on ice chips.
Avoid irritating substances like hot, spicy foods; mouthwashes that contain alcohol; and products high in acid, like citrus fruits and juices, as well as cinnamon or mint.
Chew sugarless gum.
Brush your teeth/dentures with baking soda and water, or try different toothpaste.
Avoid alcohol and tobacco products.
Take steps to reduce excessive stress.
Yes. The U.S. National Institutes of Health, through the National Library of Medicine, developed ClinicalTrials.gov to provide patients, family members, and members of the public with current information on clinical research studies. Currently, clinical trials are identified as enrolling individuals with burning mouth syndrome. To find these trials, click on the link above and use "burning mouth syndrome" as your search term. After you click on a study, review its "eligibility" criteria to determine its appropriateness. Use the study’s contact information to learn more. Check this site often for regular updates.
You can also contact the Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison (PRPL) Office at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We recommend calling the toll-free number listed below to speak with a specialist, who can help you determine if you are eligible for any clinical trials. If you are located outside the United States, and would like to be contacted via telephone, you will need to provide your telephone number in full, including area code and international dialing prefix.
Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office
NIH Clinical Center
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-2655
Web site: http://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/
If you are interested in enrolling in a clinical trial, you can find helpful general information on clinical trials at the following ClinicalTrials.gov Web page.
A tutorial about clinical trials that can also help answer your questions can be found at the following link from the National Library of Medicine:
Resources on many charitable or special-fare flights to research and treatment sites and low-cost hospitality accommodations for outpatients and family members, as well as ambulance services, are listed on the Web site of the Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR), part of the National Institutes of Health.
- Burning Mouth Syndrome. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. 2010; http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/Burning/BurningMouthSyndrome.htm. Accessed 11/12/2010.
- Burning Mouth syndrome. MayoClinic.com. 2010; http://www.mayoclinic.com/print/burning-mouth-syndrome/DS00462/DSECTION=all&METHOD=print. Accessed 11/12/2010.