A fascinating new study from WalletHub has compared all 50 states using over 25 different dental wellness indicators to determine which states have the best and worst dental health.
Although most people probably don't think about dental health in relation to geography, there are some factors that connect them, including the number of dental professionals in each area, as some locations have many more than others, and whether the public water system is fluoridated to help prevent tooth decay.
Burning mouth syndrome is a condition that affects about two percent of Americans, according to the American Academy of Oral Medicine. While two percent is not a huge number, and burning mouth syndrome itself is not dangerous, the condition may indicate a patient has a more serious health condition and should be mentioned at dental checkups for a further look.
Burning mouth syndrome sufferers experience the feeling of burning that is similar to how it feels after burning the mouth with a cup of scalding coffee or having a spoonful of too-hot soup. However, unlike those situations, the burning feeling of burning mouth syndrome never goes away. Other symptoms of the condition include dry mouth, numbness, tingling or a sandy, gritty feeling of in the mouth. Some patients also experience physical changes in their taste buds and have pain when eating or drinking.