Foods to Avoid With Burning Mouth

Burning mouth syndrome is more than just the burning feeling you may feel after eating a spicy chili pepper. The medical condition, called oral dysesthesia, is classified as a tongue disorder, according to the Merck Manual 2. Symptoms of burning mouth syndrome, or BMS, include pain or a burning sensation in your tongue, lips or your entire mouth. Post-menopausal women are the population group most affected by BMS, though the disorder overall is rare. Minimize your symptoms by excluding certain foods from your diet.

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Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages when you're suffering from signs of oral dysesthesia. Alcohol dries out tissues throughout your body, which can lead to a dry mouth and an increase in pain and burning. Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic beverages to keep your mouth moist.

Acidic Foods

Acidic foods such as tomato-based products and citrus fruits can intensify symptoms of a burning mouth, according to 1. Foods in this category can also cause pain if you have canker sores or other ulcerations in your mouth. In addition to the foods that you probably already associate with being acidic, refrain from drinking coffee and carbonated soft drinks which also measure high in acid and can cause you more pain.

Cinnamon and Mint Flavorings

Cinnamon and mint are potent spices and can be particularly irritating to someone with BMS. Gum and candy with these flavorings often contain other ingredients, such as sorbic acid and glycol, which can increase pain and burning. Eat foods flavored with mint and cinnamon sparingly until you determine if you have particular sensitivities to these additives.

Spicy Foods

Spicy foods can cause a burning sensation in the mouth, but your symptoms may be more pronounced if you have been diagnosed with burning mouth syndrome. Avoid foods that measure high on the "hot and spicy" scale including salsa, jalapeno and chili peppers, curries and "buffalo" seasoning. One interesting, and slightly ironic, note about burning mouth syndrome is that one of the treatments for the condition involves using the active ingredient of chili peppers--capsacin--as a pain reliever. However, foods that include capsacin also contain other ingredients that may cause irritation to the mouth tissues and should be limited.