Nov 20, 2017
Burning Mouth Syndrome is defined as a burning sensation with no underlying cause. It may include dry mouth sensations with no true symptoms of dry mouth. BMS is accompanied by unremitting burning or pain but no mucosal changes or signs of injury or swelling.
Those who suffer from BMS may see temporary relief with topical analgesics (i.e. lidocaine or benzocaine) but see no improvement from systemic medications. Fifty percent of the cases have no apparent cause but do have some correlation with depression. This is a case of "the chicken or the egg". Are people with depression more likely to have symptoms of BMS? Or are people with BMS more likely to become depressed?
Before someone can be said to have Burning Mouth Syndrome, many other issues must be ruled out.
Pepto-Bismol, aka Bismuth subsalicylate, has been used for decades for a variety of stomach complaints.
Bismuth is a good binder of toxins, in a similar way that carbon is in activated charcoal. And yes, bismuth is one of those elements on the periodic table. Subsacylate activates into salicylic acid (related to aspirin) and works to decrease inflammation of the gastric lining.
When bismuth binds with sulfur that is naturally in your saliva, it becomes bismuth sulfide, which has a black color and can stain your tongues and lips temporarily. Pepto overuse is the obvious cause of black lips.
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