Burning mouth syndrome treatments – network meta-analysis

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This review of all treatments for the relief of pain associated with burning mouth syndrome (BMS) as compared with no intervention or placebo included 44 RCTs. There was moderate certainty evidence that clonazepam is likely to reduce the pain of BMS compared with placebo.

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Burning mouth syndrome – topical interventions

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This review assessing the effectiveness of topical interventions in the management of burning mouth syndrome (BMS), based on the core outcome domains recommended by the Initiative on Methods, Measurement, and Pain Assessment in Clinical Trials (IMMPACT) includes 8 RCTs and higlights the need to apply standardised outcome measures in future studies.

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Top Dental Elf Blogs: Jan – Mar 2021

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Blogs on burning mouth syndrome, pain control following third molar surgery and the possible association between serum zinc levels and recurrent apthous unceration were the most popular blogs during January – March 2021.

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Prevalence of burning mouth syndrome

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This review evaluating the worldwide prevalence and epidemiology profile of burning mouth syndrome included 18 studies. Population based studies suggest an overall prevalence of 1.73% and clinically-based studies a 7.72% prevalence.

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Treatment modalities in burning mouth syndrome

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In this blog Manàs Dave looks at a systematic review of treatment options for patients with Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS). Study heterogeneity means that only a narrative summary was possible so there is a need for high quality research in this area.

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Orofacial pain: pharmacological treatments

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This review of pharmacological management of orofacial pain included 41 studies. Evidence suggests that for TMD joint pain NSAIDs, corticosteroids and hyaluronate injections are beneficial and that clonazepam and capsaicin are effective for burning mouth syndrome.

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Burning mouth syndrome: limited evidence for treatments

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Twenty two RCTs were identified for this review of treatments for burning mouth syndrome. A broad range of therapies were included but they provide limited evidence to support or refute the therapies. More high quality appropriately powered are studies are needed using standard outcomes measures.

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Burning mouth syndrome: insufficient evidence for effectiveness of current treatments

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This update of a 2005 Cochrane review identified 23 RCTs but a limited number at low risk of bias so there is insufficient evidence to support or refute the use of any interventions in managing burning mouth syndrome.

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Tongue protector and topical aloe vera for treatment of burning mouth syndrome

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Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) presents as a subjective burning sensation of the tongue, lips or entire oral cavity, but does not manifest any objective lesions or laboratory test findings.  BMS is more common in middle-aged to elderly age groups. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a tongue protector in combination [read the full story…]

Little good evidence currently available to support the effectiveness of antidepressants in the treatment of orofacial pain

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Orofacial pain is a relatively common and is categorized into musculoskeletal; neuropathic; vascular; neurovascular; idiopathic; pain caused by local, distant, or systemic pathology; and psychogenic.  Diagnosis can be challenging when psychosocial factors are present and while antidepressants have been used as a treatment there remains some controversy.  The aim of this review was to assess [read the full story…]