What Is Burning Tongue?

Menopause can bring about various changes in a woman’s body, and one of the less commonly discussed symptoms is burning tongue or a sensation of burning in the mouth. This uncomfortable symptom can be attributed to hormonal changes that occur during menopause. While not experienced by all women, some menopausal women may encounter burning tongue, which can lead to oral discomfort and altered taste sensations.

What causes Burning Tongue ?

During menopause, fluctuating hormone levels, particularly the decline in estrogen, can affect the oral mucosa, the delicate lining of the mouth. Estrogen plays a role in maintaining the health and function of the oral mucosa, and its decline can lead to changes in oral sensitivity and perception.

The exact mechanism behind burning tongue during menopause is not entirely understood, but it is believed that hormonal imbalances may influence the nerves responsible for taste and oral sensations. This can result in a persistent burning sensation or discomfort in the tongue or mouth.

How to fix Burning Tongue

Maintain regular dental check-ups and follow good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing daily, to promote overall oral health.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your mouth moisturized and reduce dryness.

Identify and avoid any potential triggers that may exacerbate the burning sensation, such as spicy or acidic foods, tobacco, or alcohol.

Sip on cool or cold beverages, or suck on ice chips to help soothe the burning sensation.

Consider using over-the-counter oral rinses designed for dry mouth to help moisturize the mouth and relieve discomfort.

Engaging in mindfulness practices, such as meditation or deep breathing exercises, may help reduce stress, which can contribute to oral discomfort.

Steer clear of products that may irritate the mouth, such as strong mouthwashes or toothpaste with harsh ingredients.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) may help balance hormone levels, including estrogen, which can positively impact oral health and reduce the sensation of burning tongue.

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