Dr. Steven L. Karpas, first year geriatric dentistry fellow at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, presented a roundtable discussion on “Burning Mouth Syndrome” at the 25th Annual Meeting on Special Care Dentistry in New Orleans on Friday, April 19, 2013. Dr. Karpas addressed members of the Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA) on the issues, causes, and research surrounding Burning Mouth Syndrome. The American Society of Geriatric Dentistry (ASGD) is one of three groups that comprise SCDA.
Burning Mouth Syndrome is more common among women than men and can include intense pain in lips, gums, palate, tongue, throat, or even the entire mouth. The pain is usually accompanied by numbness or tingling in the mouth or tongue, dryness, increased thirst, mouth soreness, and a metallic or bitter taste in the mouth.
“The causes of Burning Mouth Syndrome are largely unknown, but are believed to be multifactorial. The diagnosis, treatment, and management of the condition can be extremely challenging to physicians and dentists,” said Dr. Karpas.
Dr. Karpas continued: “In many instances, Burning Mouth Syndrome patients experience depression and anxiety. They often seek treatment from a psychiatrist as well as a dentist. It would be ideal if dentists, physicians, and behavioral health specialists had opportunities to collaborate in order to more effectively treat these patients.”