Aug 23, 2016
Individuals who have experienced the condition describe it as a painful burning that seems similar to that of reflux or an allergic reaction, but the burning continues on even despite typical treatments. If you are affected by burning mouth syndrome, you likely consider even normal, everyday activities, like speaking and eating, quite painful, which is one reason progressive care is so important. In any case, you can use natural cures, like vitamin B, alpha-lipoic acid, and baking soda to treat burning mouth syndrome.
What Is Burning Mouth Syndrome?
Just as its name implies, burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a condition characterized by pervasive burning in your mouth and throat. The condition also commonly affects your gums, lips, inside of your cheeks, and roof of your mouth. The pain is commonly so sudden and severe that it feels as if you have scalded your mouth. The condition also often causes a sensation of dry mouth and increased thirst as well as changes in your tastes.
While it is often difficult to identify the cause of BMS, the condition is generally classified as either primary or secondary depending on the “identifiable” cause. Primary burning mouth syndrome is diagnosed when no clinical or lab abnormalities are apparent or identifiable. Secondary BMS is associated with an underlying medical condition, such as dry mouth, fungal infection, inflammatory conditions, nutritional deficiencies, dentures, allergies or allergic reactions, reflux, oral habits, endocrine disorders, excessive mouth irritation, or psychological factors.
How Can I Treat BMS Naturally?
In addition to medical support, you can implement a number of lifestyle or home remedies as well as natural treatments to remedy burning mouth syndrome. Some of the most effective treatment options include vitamin B, alpha-lipoic acid, baking soda, and dietary changes. Drinking extra water and eating ice chips are also good “instant relievers” for the condition.
1. Vitamin B
According to NaturalRemedies.org, burning mouth syndrome is often a result of vitamin deficiency. One of the most commonly deficient nutrients associated with the condition is vitamin B, so boosting your intake of the nutrient is an effective way to treat the condition. You can take a daily supplement or add additional natural sources of the nutrient to your diet. Meat, brown rice, fish, wheat germ, whole grain breads and cereals, and soybeans are all good sources of vitamin B.
2. Alpha-Liopic Acid
A study in the Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine supports alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) as an effective remedy for burning mouth syndrome. This nutrient is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your body against free radicals. It also helps recover the function of your nerve cells and prevent further damage. For the best results, take 600mg of ALA twice a day.
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda is another effective treatment option as it helps neutralize the environment in your mouth. This substance helps balance your pH and alleviates various symptoms associated with acidity in your body. Baking soda also helps fight infection and overgrowth of yeast in your mouth. Employ this remedy by brushing with baking soda or gargling with a combination of 1 to 2 teaspoons of baking soda in 6 to 8 ounces of water.
Honey is another treatment option supported by NaturalRemedies.org. This treatment helps soothe your mouth and also helps fight infection. Try applying honey directly to your tongue and allow it to sit for 30 to 60 seconds before swallowing.
Lavender is another effective remedy for BMS. This treatment helps soothe pain and reduce inflammation. It also helps calm your senses and reduce stress. For the best results, take 40 mg of lavender oil by mouth twice a day.
Keep reading for more interesting natural cures suggested by our readers.
Alpha-Lipoic Acid Effective Against Burning Mouth Syndrome - http://www.bastyrcenter.org/content/view/573/
Burned Mouth Syndrome (BMS) - http://www.naturalremedies.org/burning-tongue/
Burning Mouth Syndrome - http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/Burning/BurningMouthSyndrome.htm
Diseases and Conditions: Burning Mouth Syndrome - http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/burning-mouth-syndrome/basics/lifestyle-home-remedies/con-20029596
Remedies for Burning Mouth Syndrome
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I've had BMS for about 4 years. I've tried every remedy and some helped more than others. I settled on alpha lipoic acid as the most effective, even though it just reduces the symptoms; it doesn't eliminate them. I tried the r-ALA and couldn't tell much difference, if any. I was disappointed because I've read from so many different people that it was much better. Since it's so much more expensive it isn't worth paying for it, for me. Others may, and obviously do, have different experiences. I take 300 mg three times a day.
I decided to add wood betony since I had some and I know this herb is useful for nerve issues, particularly related to the head. I do feel I get a slight improvement from this addition. I make a tincture from the dried herb and a menstruum of 50% Everclear and 50% distilled water. You could also use straight vodka. I let it sit for about six weeks then strain into a dropper bottle. I take a dropperful a couple of times a day but it would probably be better if I upped that to three.
The wood betony got me thinking about other herbs for nerve pain/damage and realized I should use St. John's Wort. I'd never used SJW for nerve problems before, but I have read that it's excellent both internally and externally for that purpose. I do know that it loses potency quickly when dried, so I ordered some from a source I know to have fresh, high quality herbs and started making tea with it. I am in the process of making a tincture from it as well, since my understanding is that you can get a quality tincture if you make it shortly after the SJW is dried. But I may just continue drinking my tea (and add the wood betony to my infuser) since I think the surface contact is helping as well. I've been letting it cool enough that I can take a large sip and hold and swish it in my mouth to bathe the inside surface of my mouth with SJW. I let my herbal teas infuse for about 10 minutes, covered.
I've been using ALA almost exclusively for at least a couple of years now, but the addition of both of these herbs, especially the SJW, has done a lot to alleviate the residual discomfort.
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I have suffered terribly from BMS for about 2 years,tried lots of alternative treatments and none helped. I then started taking ALA 600 mg every day. It's gone !!! The only thing that I am not sure of is for how long I need to carry on taking it? Forever?
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Posted by Anjum (Miami, Florida) on 06/28/2009
I have been suffering with BMS for 10 years now. Recently about two months back I found Earth Clinic and I decided to do what TED said. He said to try baking soda 1/4 teaspoon in a half glass of water for two weeks that will get rid of burning mouth or burning toungue. It is burning because of acid in mouth (most of are too much acidic) but you need to avoid dairy, sugar ( all even honey and substitues sugars)and white bread and white grains (like white rice) Take any thing that is brown, like wheat bread, brown rice, oatmeal, corn bread is ok. ( unless you are allergic to gluten) because the gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and oats. Then you can eat only corn and rye and ofcourse gluten free stuff which is really hard to find. Drink lemon (1/2 sqeezed)with one glass of water ( 8 ounce)atleast two times a day when you are taking Soda bicarb in water.
I really got rid of burning mouth but I still have weird taste in the mouth that I think will go away with time. Sugars are eliminated for at least 6 months for these conditions to go away. I even got rid of Migraines since I got rid of sugars.
I had my gallbladder removed 18 years ago and I was getting bloating and uneasiness in my stomach also for that I have been taking "Lecithin" just once a day with food. (It helps to break your fats and helps in digestion if you need to take it two times a day with your main meals it is ok too)
Good luck every one. It is not easy to leave all sugar, dairy and white bleached flour ( every food we consume has either suger, dairy or white flour) I am satisfied with this remedy but I also have leg cramps ( heavy legs) I am taking Vitamin E and doing some yogas that are helping me a little but not very much. May be it will take sometime before I can say anything since I just started this yoga a week ago.
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Posted by Peggy (Vidor, Tx - Texas) on 05/21/2012
I am a 60 year old female in really good health. I have had burning mouth for 6 months now. I have tried all the remedies on the computer. I have found rinsing my mouth with a light beer ( I do not drink) lessens the burn for a while. Also brush with baking soda often helps also. Good luck to you all.
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Posted by Duckiedmud (Montreal, Quebec) on 02/06/2016
I had a prevnar13 shot (vaccine used to prevent pneumococcal bacteria infection) 3 months ago. A week later I started to get BMS. It has gotten steadily worse. I am blaming Prevnar 13. I will try things I have read in other post. I can hardly eat it hurts so much.
Posted by Bernie (Nj) on 03/23/2014
My BMS started about 3 weeks ago (3-01-2014) 1st started with dry mouth then shortly thereafter burning mouth. All of this started shortly after a ct scan with contrast of stomach and pelvic area. I have not seen a Dr. yet but will make appt. Monday. I am 75 yrs old in pretty good health I feel the scan had something to do with BMS. BERNIE
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Posted by Kate (West La, California) on 08/09/2011
I have never experienced burning mouth or burning tongue syndrome until recently. However, I had read about the terrible problems people have with this condition by perusing different health sites over the years and I figured it out within a day or two. My episode was triggered after I ran out of our holistic toothpaste and grabbed my husband's small travel tube, which was an Arm & Hammer brand. Almost immediately after using it, the right corner of my mouth cracked open and started to bleed. Then my tongue started to feel raw. Not realizing I had just triggered burning tongue, I ate tortilla chips with the hottest salsa imagineable at a restaurant the next day. The hot peppers in the salsa burned the tip of my tongue, causing tiny but immensely painful blisters. I was unable to sleep for the next 2 days. It was sheer torture. After finding burning tongue remedies on Earth Clinic, I started to alkalize with Ted's baking soda remedies. I also swished baking soda and water solution in my mouth several times a day. It took a week to heal and what a painful week it was. During that time I spoke to an oral surgeon friend who told me that this condition appears more frequently for menopausal woman (I am not). He told me that he had a female patient commit suicide after months of having a burning tongue. That's how serious and painful this condition is.
I hope people will look to the chemicals in toothpaste and hot spicy food when they get a burning tongue. I never want to go through that again! Hope this post helps someone, somewhere.
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Posted by Erin (Sherwood Park, Alberta) on 04/16/2009
I was suffering with burning mouth syndrome for over a year. Tried everything, B vitamins, oral rinses etc. My oral pathologist prescribed lozenges with capcasin and it is the only thing that helped. I have also been tested for celiac twice, but tested negative. As of right now my bms has totally disappeared. I was eating oatmeal everyday, but have stopped and my digestive system is better. Next week I am going to start eating oatmeal again everyday to see if the bms comes back.
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Posted by Mar Mimi (Greece, Paros) on 01/29/2013
Try an elimination diet of all food allergens - I'm in the process of doing a 10 day one for Hashimotos autoimmune disease (Dr Ks diet). I went gluten and coffee free a few weeks back and already my burning mouth syndrome has gone. With the elimination diet you completely clean up your body and then introduce things back in slowly to see what triggers your body - you'll be amazed at other little ailments just dissappearing - my back ache (which I've suffered with for 9 months) has also gone - what's that all about!!! I would recommend elimination diet to anyone suffering with this - it's hard going but well worth it.
Posted by Kate (Newport, Ri) on 12/03/2009
Hi, I was in graduate school, managing to eat healthy mostly vegetarian home cooked food - but not sleeping enough and extremely stressed and drinking coffee - when my tongue started to burn. In a couple of days it got so bad that it became insanely distracting and spread to my gums and lips. Eating (especially acidic foods) became unbearably uncomfortable. My tongue looked normal and I felt fine - just the usual stressed and tired. I was desperate for a solution and went to a great country doctor near my school. He explained that the cause of Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) is hard to determine and it can come and go for years. One theory, he said, was B vitamin or iron deficiency. He asked if I ate red meat and told me to go eat dark green leafy vegetables like kale and chard and red meat 2x a day for three days and see what happens. If no change, I'd go back for some tests. In two days of eating beef and kale the burning was gone. I realized that the stress was causing my digestive system to just not work very well; I wasn't absorbing the vitamins I needed from my food or from the B complex supplement I had been taking. B vitamin supplements don't work, your stressed out system just flushes them out. Whole foods, a healthy digestive system, and calming down a bit are key. This is not the cause/solution for all BMS cases but it is a good start in your self-diagnosis to rule out the possibility of vitamin/mineral deficiency. If you have BMS, you have my sympathy! And I hope you find some relief soon.
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Posted by Trudi (Surrey, England) on 03/20/2009
Burning Mouth Syndrome:
Hi, Can anyone suggest a cure for burning mouth syndrome, I've had this for 7 months, and the pain is unbearable. the only thing that helps calm it down a bit is sugar free gum, but I'm hoping there is an alternative to this.
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Posted by Miss Poker (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) on 10/04/2011
Approximately 2 months ago I changed to a whitening toothpaste for a chance at whiter teeth. Succesfully the toothpaste worked right away (I mean the first time I used it), which of course left me suspicious. With no apparent health decline I continued to use this product with much happiness until just a few weeks ago. The initial suspicion about the toothpaste left my thoughts by this time. At first I thought that I was getting a cold because of the mouth irritation. So I took all of the preventative measures I knew, to rid my body of any other cold symptoms. A few days later I still had no signs of a cold. However the mouth burning continued to worsen reaching to my tongue and making it unbearable to brush my teeth. About a week into the intense burning, my mouth started to secrete a foul taste whenever I drank or ate anything. The day I started tasting this metallic/chalky/bitter taste in my mouth, I typed it into google and found a forum full of people with the exact symptoms I had. They claimed that it was 'burning mouth syndrome'. I did a little research and found that a stressor or change is what experts are thinking causes this 'syndrome'. For me I found that within 1 day my symptoms lessened by immediately switching from whitening toothpaste to 'Pro namel'! I believe that some of the things that people are putting in their mouths happen to be toxic to the cells and taste glands. In my case it happened to be a tooth whitening product. However there are many toxins hiding in our bathrooms and kitchens that we don't even realize are there.
Posted by Wundurbear (Birmingham, Al, Us) on 03/20/2012
I eliminated gluten and my burning mouth completely subsided after less than 2 weeks. I am convinced I am gluten intolerant, because of the many digestive issues that have also subsided. I would rather never eat those things again than have that constant burning in my mouth. after 5 years, relief finally!
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Posted by Abbe (Sydney, Australia) on 06/11/2009
I too think i have Burning Mouth Syndrome, only my burning seems to be really bad under my nose & upper lip as well. My symptoms are- reflux, constipation (for years now), dry eyes, psoriasis, sinus problems, low iron, brittle nails with ridges, flatulance and bloating. I cant seem to stomach vitamin supplements very well and i feel extremely full eating the smallest amounts of carbs.
I have been tested for H. pyroli and it was negative. Today i just had a biopsy of my intestines to see if it could be related to celiac/ gluten sensitivity. I am going to try and eliminate gluten as well as dairy and see if i notice any improvement. Has anyone else experienced similar symptoms to the above?
I feel like im going crazy and i would love to get some relief from this burning sensation in my lips etc! Its almost like a reaction and it seems to get worse throughout the day..
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Posted by Sharon (Okc, Ok) on 11/21/2007
I wrote a few months ago about burning mouth syndrome. Recently just been diagnosed wheat gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease. I recommend anyone w/ these symptoms to get it checked out. Symptons are frequent diarrhea, weight loss, migranes, abdominal pain, gas, constipation. Symptons are no differant then everyday complaints that this is HARD to diagnosis. I would recommend cutting wheat out for 2 weeks and see if symptons dissappear. I took a stool test at www.enterolab.com. IT is $99.00 but definatley worth knowing if you have an intolerance... my burning mouth has since dissappated... what happens is your body gets inflamed... and everbody symptons are different. google celiac and read about it. thanks
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