burning mouth syndrome

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A condition characterized by a burning sensation (dysaesthesia) which may affect the tongue (glossodynia), lips, or hard palate. The sensation may be present on waking and can get more severe during the day. The oral mucosa appears normal and there are no precipitating factors. The aetiology is ill defined but iron-deficiency anaemia, vitamin B12 deficiency, candidal infection, and diabetes mellitus may be implicated.

Subjects: Dentistry.

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