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Mouth Diseases

Burning tongue

12/30/2008

Question:

I`ve been having problems with my tongue burning all the time. I`ve noticed lately that my mouth is so dry at night it wakes me up and I have to go rinse my mouth. also I have this white film especially towards the back of my tongue that won`t go away. I rinse and it right back. if I brush my tongue it feels raw and then cracks with a tiny bit of blood. is there anything I can do for this?

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness. From your description, it sounds like you may have a condition called 'Burning Mouth Syndrome'. For more information please refer to the NetWellness article on Burning Mouth Syndrome. If an oral and maxillofacial pathologist is available, he/she would be a good choice for an evaluation and any additional recommendations regarding management.

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Response by:

John R Kalmar, DMD, PhD John R Kalmar, DMD, PhD
Clinical Professor of Pathology
Associate Dean of Dentistry Administration
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University