Burning Mouth Syndrome | Overview


What is burning mouth syndrome?

Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a condition that causes pain and discomfort in the mouth, lips or tongue. If there is no clear cause for this pain, it is called primary BMS. When the pain is caused by an underlying problem, it is called secondary BMS.

Both men and women can get BMS, but it is more common in women than men. It is especially common in women during or after menopause.


Burning Mouth Syndrome by M Grushka, M.SC., D.D.S., Ph.D., JB Epstein, D.M.D., M.S.D. and M Gorsky, D.M.D. (American Family Physician February 15, 2002, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20020215/615.html)

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Created: 06/04