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Roof of Mouth Heat Sensitive

07/14/2010

Question:

The roof of my mouth becomes sensitive after consuming hot food. I am suspicious that it may be caused through using sensitive toothpaste or taking Nexium.

Do you have any suggestions as I regularly go to the dentist and he considers that there is no serious problem but will refer me to a specialist if I desire.

Answer:

While this doesn't sound like a serious problem, there would be several things to consider as possible causes. In addition to a contact hypersensitivity reaction (allergy to some food or product your mouth is coming into contact with), conditions such as burning mouth syndrome and oral candidiasis (yeast infection) could produce these symptoms. Ideally, you should be evaluated by an oral pathologist (specialist in the diagnosis of oral diseases).

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Response by:

Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD
Professor of Oral Pathology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University