Sensation of burning on the Tongue is often referred to as glossitis, which refers to inflammation of the tongue. There are a host of factors that are responsible for sensation of burning on the tongue.
Burning Tongue Causes
Some of the common causes associated with burning tongue sensation include,
- Allergy to toothpaste, medications, candy or dentures
- Excessive dryness of the mouth due to dehydration or salivary gland disorders
- Bacterial or viral infections
- Injury to the mouth caused due to burns or trauma
- Low levels of iron in the body can also result in burning sensation in the tongue
- Excessive consumption or tobacco, mouth freshers, alcohol or other stimulants can also cause the problem
Burning Tongue (Mouth) Symptoms
There are a few symptoms you can easily distinguish when you have burning tongue syndrome.
- When you have burning tongue syndrome, you might have a dry feeling in your mouth along with a marked increase in your thirst. A tingling sensation or a numbing one can also be felt on your tongue and within your mouth when you have this ailment.
- Some people experience a worsening feeling of pain in the mouth as time goes by, and this burning sensation on tongue can progress into a feeling of soreness in the mouth.
- While most people who have this problem do not necessarily experience the loss of their sense of taste, there are some who do experience some taste loss or a change in how things taste is experienced.
- Burning tongue syndrome can also bring about a certain bad taste in your mouth. In addition the condition is also associated with difficulty in swallowing, drinking, chewing and even talking.
You may find that when you have burning tongue, there is a bitter or a rather metallic taste in your mouth.
Common symptoms of glossodynia are increasing pain as the day progresses and then decrease in the pain later in the evening; sour taste in mouth, depression and anxiety. People also observe changes in sleeping habits, continuous pain or pain coming and going whole day. Other indicators are increased thirst and numb or sticky sensation in the mouth. In addition, signs like redness and swelling of the tongue may also be observed in some of the patients.
Treating Burning Tongue Syndrome
The treatment will ideally focus on the following,
- Nutritional and dietary supplements specifically iron, vitamin b complex and amino acids
- Maintaining a good oral hygiene
- Avoid smoking or consumption of irritants like alcohol or mouth fresheners.
- Local application of a paste of turmeric with honey can prove beneficial to fight infection and also have a soothing effect on the tongue.