How is burning mouth treated?

Some patients report that melting ice chips in the mouth or chewing gum helps improve or reduce the discomfort. Some medications seem to help but are not currently or specifically approved for burning mouth. These medications include certain antidepressants, an antiseizure medication, and gabapentin (a drug used to treat seizures and the pain associated with herpes).

Discuss treatment options with your doctor. About one-third of those with burning mouth will improve over three to five years without any treatment at all.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/29/2019.


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