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Tasting, chewing, talking, kissing, breathing. Our mouth is the quintessential multitasker. But it can also be a major source of pain and discomfort.

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If you are experiencing pain or soreness on the roof of your mouth, this could be due to inflammation from infection or an allergic reaction. Pain can also occur from irritants like smoking, dental trauma, or eating certain foods.

A canker sore (also called an aphthous ulcer) is a small, painful ulcer inside your mouth. It is round and shallow with a whitish-grey base surrounded by a red ring. It is not contagious and usually goes away within 1 to 2 weeks but can be very uncomfortable.

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A cold sore is a painful, ugly cluster of tiny blisters on or around your lips. It’s also sometimes called a fever blister. The cause is a virus that’s highly contagious. When you catch the virus, you have it for life. A cold sore takes at least a couple of weeks to get through from start to finish. Drugstore ointments or certain prescription medicines may help move the healing process along.

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Numb lips can be caused by something as simple cold sores and serious as cancer or a stroke. Here’s how to tell the difference.

Gum pain can be associated with symptoms like bleeding gums, pain with chewing, or swelling of the gums. Reasons why your gums may hurt include inflammation of the gums, also known as gingivitis. Other causes include dental irritations from brushing, flossing, or dental procedures. Painful gum can also arise from oral herpes and cold sores.

Sialadenitis is an infection of the salivary glands. It causes swelling and pain on the face, near the ears. It can be viral or bacterial. If it’s a bacterial infection, it’s treated with antibiotics.

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Salivary Duct Stones, also called sialolithiasis, are small deposits of minerals that form in the salivary gland. They can block the flow of saliva, leading to pain, inflammation, and infection.

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Red spots in the mouth can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth, and tongue. They are usually caused by infection from bacteria, a virus, or fungus. Other causes of red spots are cold sores, and reactions to certain foods, smoking, or stress.

Understand your oral ulcer symptoms with Buoy, including 9 causes and common questions concerning your oral ulcer.

Understand trouble speaking symptoms, including 3 causes & common questions.

Mouth swelling can happen in or around the mouth, such as the roof of the mouth, tongue, and lips. Causes range in severity, including temporary irritation from food to sudden swelling that may tighten the throat and restrict breathing.

Mouth pain can be a sign of gum disease, dental infections, mouth sores, or abnormal growth in the mouth that originates from oral cancer, especially if the tongue and roof of the mouth are affected. Below we discuss several mouth pain causes and categories of conditions. We also review at-home remedies for better oral health and symptoms that warrant a visit to the doctor’s office or even an emergency.

Bleeding gums are never normal. That's why it's important to find the cause, even if you only see a small amount of blood. Causes include poor dental hygiene, certain diseases or conditions, or gum disease.

Lip swelling i soften caused by an allergic reaction. When in contact with certain foods or chemical, this can cause sudden lip swelling. In addition, taking certain medication like ACE inhibitors, an injury to the face, or angioedema can cause puffy lips.

Painful mouth sores are an uncomfortable condition that can make everyday activities such as eating and talking very difficult. Painful mouth sores are often a signal of an underlying infectious or systemic condition that requires medical attention.

Gum swelling, often accompanied by bleeding gums and tenderness-to-touch, is most commonly caused by poor oral hygiene, pregnancy, infections. Plaque and tartar around the teeth and gums often cause gum inflammation and there are plenty of home remedies. But you may need to see a dentist for more serious issues.

A lip rash can be an uncomfortable condition associated with redness around the mouth or small blisters on the lip. Common causes for rash around the mouth include irritation like constantly licking your lips, an allergic reaction, and side effect of medication, or an infection or STD.

Pale white skin around the lips can be caused from iron deficiency anemia, a skin pigment condition known as vitiligo, or a circulation issue called vasovagal syncope.

Understand your fruity odor on breath symptoms, including 3 causes and common questions.

Drooling, is when saliva runs out of your mouth & down your chin instead of being swallowed. The most common cause of drooling is too much saliva being produced.

An itchy mouth is also known as oral allergy syndrome and is often associated with a mouth tingling sensation, along with an itchy throat and tongue. An itchy roof of mouth is commonly caused by eating certain foods that contain pollen that may cause an allergic reaction. Read below for a list of foods that can cause an itchy mouth and treatment options.

Numbness around and on the mouth commonly occurs during an allergic reaction to certain foods or chemicals. A cold sore or low calcium levels can also cause the mouth to feel numb. Read on for more information on different causes and how to treat a tingling mouth.