Treat Burning Tongue Naturally

Also known as stomatodynia, glossodynia or BMS (burning mouth syndrome) this painful sensation makes your mouth feel as though you’ve eaten something too hot even when you haven’t. In fact, the sensation worsens when you do eat. It can last for months or years and comes and goes without warning. The exact cause is unknown, so preventing it can be difficult.  Women over 50, those with an unusually large number of taste buds, those who suffer from chronic respiratory infections, with dental problems and food allergies are all at increased risk of getting burning tongue.


How do I know if I have burning tongue?

  • Burning sensation in the mouth including the gums, lips, palate and tongue
  • Pain that worsens as the day progresses
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore mouth
  • Excessive thirst
  • Loss of taste
  • Loss of appetite
  • Numbness of tongue and mouth
  • Tingling on the tip of the tongue
  • Bitter or metallic taste
  • Tongue that appears normal
  • Lack of sores or ulcers
  • Bad breath
  • Tooth decay


How can I prevent burning tongue?

Because doctors aren’t quiet sure what causes burning tongue, it is difficult to prevent it.


How can I treat burning tongue?

  • Suck on ice or sip cold water to alleviate the pain.
  • Chew sugar-free and mint-free gum to stimulate saliva flow and prevent dry mouth.
  • Exercise regularly with stress reducing yoga and regular meditation.
  • Try brushing with baking soda instead of your regular toothpaste.
  • Make a home-made mouth wash of mint but never chew raw mint as this will cause more damage.
  • Make a garlic-onion gargle and gargle twice a day.
  • Avoid smoking, cut back on alcohol and avoid spicy foods.
  • Drink lots and lots of water.
  • Eat more bland foods and boiled foods as they help reduce irritation and inflammation.
  • Avoid foods that are highly acidic such as citrus fruits and tomato.
  • Get any disorders such as diabetes under control as they can contribute to burning tongue.
  • Up your intake of Iron and B12 foods.
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