Burning mouth syndrome is uncommon. However, your risk may be greater if:

  • You're a woman
  • You're postmenopausal
  • You're in your 50s, 60s or even 70s.

Burning mouth syndrome usually begins spontaneously, with no known triggering factor. But some studies suggest that certain factors may increase your risk of developing burning mouth syndrome. These risk factors may include:

  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Previous dental procedures
  • Allergic reactions to food
  • Medications
  • Traumatic life events
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
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