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Burning Tongue Syndrome Produced Agony

Author: Kim T.
Date: 08-27-2012
Views: 17,210
Word Count: 220
Questions Received: 8
Testimonial ID: 7732-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 2

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I experienced rather sudden onset of tongue pain with a fissure or cut developing down the center of my tongue. I went to the dentist thinking that my bottom teeth had shifted some and that the sharp edges were cutting my tongue. Over the next several months I went to my dentist 2 times, an ENT 2 times and an orthodontist hoping to get some relief.

The pain was severe and felt like I had licked a hot oven. My dentist made me a protective shield that covered my bottom teeth which seemed to give a little relief but brought some other unpleasant side effects like excessive swallowing.

During that time I had tried some oils on my tongue (Thieves, Lavender, Peppermint, Wintergreen) for pain relief. The ENT diagnosed burning tongue syndrome and prescribed some medication which I did take for a few weeks with a small amount of relief but not sufficient to warrant taking the medicine.

Then my husband suggested I try Frankincense. I rubbed a drop directly on my tongue every couple of hours and after 3 applications the pain was gone. Now I use the Frankincense on my tongue morning and night with complete relief. I can even go a day or 2 without the oil and remain relatively pain free.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: dental — Study 1: "[Oil pulling] would benefit the general population by giving more confidence in the ancient practices, thus preventing tooth decay and loss." Study 2: "Oil pulling therapy has been equally effective like chlorhexidine on halitosis and organisms, associated with halitosis." Study 3: "The oil pulling therapy showed a reduction in the plaque index, modified gingival scores, and total colony count of aerobic microorganisms in the plaque of adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis." Study 4: "Oil pulling can be used as an effective preventive adjunct in maintaining and improving oral health." Study 5: "The myth that the effect of oil-pulling therapy on oral health was just a placebo effect has been broken, and there are clear indications of possible saponification and emulsification process, which enhances its mechanical cleaning action."Link
2.Associated topics: dental — "Both clove and benzocaine gels had significantly lower mean pain scores than placebos. No significant difference was observed between clove and benzocaine regarding pain scores. Clove gel might possess a potential to replace benzocaine as a topical [anesthetic] agent before needle insertion."Link

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