Burning Mouth Syndrome?!
BMS is a painful, complex condition associated with a chronic or recurring burning, scalding or tingling feeling in the mouth -- sometimes accompanied by a metallic taste or dry mouth sensation.
But because other conditions have similar symptoms, diagnosing BMS can be difficult, said Milda Chmieliauskaite, a researcher and assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial medicine at the dental school.
"The issues with misdiagnosis, depend to some extent on the context, but include resources, money and patient discomfort," she said. So if a patient is misdiagnosed with burning mouth syndrome, but actually suffers from burning due to dry mouth, the patient will receive treatment for the wrong condition and the symptoms of burning will not improve.
"Often, these patients see several providers -- taking up a lot of health-care resources -- before they find out what's going."
That's because many dentists and clinicians aren't trained well on the topic, she said. The current method for making a diagnosis is ruling out other disorders.
Read the full article here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190703121347.htm