Many people can relate to the uncomfortable feeling that occurs after scalding their mouth on hot foods or drinks. It’s a relief when that burnt feeling subsides after several days. However, imagine experiencing that burning sensation all day, every day.
For people that do the condition is called burning mouth syndrome or BMS, and damage to the nervous system during menopause may be to blame, according to an article published in the May/June 2011 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Although BMS can affect both sexes, the study confirms by a 7:1 ratio that women in their menopausal and post-menopausal years are more likely to be affected by BMS.