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Does Your Mouth Burn After Eating? What You Need to Know

Posted on 4/10/2017 by Jonathan Woodyard
A man suffering from severe dry mouth.
If your mouth burns after you eat, you could be suffering from a condition known as burning mouth syndrome (BMS). There are several reasons for the sensation.

Treatment for BMS depends on the cause of your pain, which can be managed through an individualized plan. If your mouth feels like it's on fire, an appointment with your dentist is in order.

Irritation
The tissues in your mouth are sensitive. Overbrushing, eating something with sharp edges, acidic beverages, dental restorations or appliances, these can all cause harm. And when the tissues are damaged, they can be easily irritated by the foods you eat and the beverages you drink, particularly those that are acidic or salty. Take a look at your oral hygiene routine and cut back on the acidic foods.

Dry Mouth

A lack of saliva production leads to a condition known as dry mouth. This can be caused by several different reasons, including medication, diseases or hormonal changes. When your mouth is chronically dry, it leads to a burning sensation. Drinking water to stay hydrated can help.

Oral Conditions

There are certain oral conditions that can cause your mouth to burn. One is oral thrush, a fungal infection. Another is geographic tongue. This condition causes dry mouth and sore patches on your tongue that resemble mapping.

Allergic Reaction

A more serious cause of a burning mouth sensation after eating is due to an allergy. When you eat a food you are allergic to, your body produces antibodies to fight it. Mast cells then produce mass amounts of histamines, which are what cause the burning sensation.

A food allergy can often be identified with the other symptoms that accompany the feeling, including GI issues, shortness of breath and nasal complications. More severe allergies can cause anaphylactic shock, which can be life threatening.

A burning sensation in your mouth after eating can be irritating. It is also a sign that something is wrong. Contact our office to schedule an appointment.

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