oa South African Family Practice - Burning mouth syndrome : CPD article

Volume 53, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a chronic condition characterised by a burning sensation of the tongue and other sites, usually without associated clinical or laboratory findings. These patients, mainly postmenopausal women, often present with dry mouth (xerostomia) and taste alterations. BMS may present in an idiopathic (primary) form or in association with local or systemic abnormalities (secondary). A detailed history and oral examination are important to help direct patient management.

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