Do you suffer with a burning mouth?
Do you suffer from a burning sensation in your mouth? Is your mouth dry and itchy or do you have a metallic taste in your mouth?
It could be that you are suffering from Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS). This can be a really painful and irritating perimenopause and menopause symptom and affects up to 40% of menopausal women.
I suffer with a burning mouth along with a metallic taste in my mouth. Being dehydrated makes my burning mouth much worse! As a consequence I can feel self conscious when talking to individuals or large groups.
What causes Burning Mouth Syndrome?
Burning mouth is something that can be caused by nutritional deficiencies and anaemia but the other main cause behind developing burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a drop in our oestrogen levels. This hormone decrease can reduce saliva production, cause a metallic taste and can trigger a burning sensation in our mouth.
Oestrogen affects the bitter taste buds which are located at the back of our tongue. Our taste buds are surrounded by pain neurons, which are activated when the taste buds are damaged by declining oestrogen levels.
Falling oestrogen levels tend to dry out all the mucous membranes in our body, including the nose, the eyes and the mouth.
How to treat a burning mouth
Having a painful burning mouth can contribute to anxiety and mood swings, loss of appetite, and social withdrawal. Having a painful mouth can cause a real problem in just conversing with people.
As busy women in business we need to ensure we have water with us when those important meetings are due. I constantly carry a water bottle with me to help with my dry mouth and my confidence!
- Food – Ensure you include healthy fats, complex carbohydrates and lean protein in your regular meal plan. Avoid triggers like spicy and acidic foods as these can add to the symptoms.
- Iron, Zinc & B-Complex – It has been found that deficiencies in these nutrients can affect the mouth tissues and contribute to a burning mouth. Add any of the following, spinach, nuts, eggs, salmon and red meat to your meal plans.
- Vitamin A – Helps maintain healthy mucous membranes and saliva flow and can be found in carrots, sweet potatoes and broccoli.
- Fluids – Staying hydrated is very important. Drink 2 – 4 litres of water a day or try non acidic juices like apricot, apple or carrot. Try sucking on crushed ice can also give relief from a burning mouth.
- Oral Care – Change your toothpaste if you find the burning is worse after brushing. Use a natural or unflavoured toothpaste to help soothe a burning mouth. You can even try baking soda in lukewarm water to rinse your mouth. This will help to neutralise acid and cool the burning sensation.
- Chew Gum – This can help to stimulate the saliva glands and prevent a dry mouth and reduce burning.
To summarise it’s MidLife-Body: by taking care of ourselves and eating nutrient rich foods. With MidLife-Self-Care: by implementing a regular oral care routine to help maintain optimal health and manage this perimenopausal and menopausal symptom with more ease.
It’s important to remember that as our bodies change, we need to change with them and embrace the journey we are on. Just sharing our experiences with other women can be reassuring.
If you are currently suffering from burning mouth syndrome, please know you are not alone and there are ways in which you can take charge of this midlife symptom. Let me help you through this period with support and advice.
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