International Journal of Oral Science (2010) 2, 1–4; doi:10.4248/IJOS10008

Burning Mouth Syndrome

David Mock1 and Deepika Chugh1

1Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Wasser Pain Management Centre, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada

Correspondence: David Mock, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada E-mail:

Received 4 January 2010; Revised 24 February 2010; Accepted 24 February 2010



Most clinicians dread seeing the patient presenting with a primary complaint of a burning pain on one or more oral mucosal surfaces. Unlike most other clinical conditions presenting in a dental office, burning mouth syndrome is poorly understood with few evidence based remedies. More recently, advances have been made towards clarifying the possible etiology of the disorder and testing the possible therapeutic modalities available. This article attempts to summarize the “state of the art” today.


orofacial pain; burning mouth syndrome (BMS); stomatodynia; neuropathic pain