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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Is the Roof of Your Mouth Painful or Sore?
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.
Top 10 Difficulty Swallowing Causes & Treatments
Trouble swallowing, or dysphagia, is the inability to swallow foods and liquids with ease. Difficulty swallowing can be caused by anxiety, acid reflux & anemia.
Canker Sore
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.
Bleeding Gums: Reasons for Your Bleeding Gums & When to See a Dentist
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.
Red Spots in the Mouth
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.
Lip Numbness: Symptoms and Causes
If your lips start tingling, you may be experiencing lip numbness. Numb lips are most commonly caused by contact allergies from certain foods or chemicals, or cold weather. Other causes include cosmetic injections to the lips, drinking alcohol, smoking, or lip nerve damage.

Lip conditions

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  • 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.

5 Causes of Gum Pain and Finding Relief

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.
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Gum Swelling: Possible Causes, Home Remedies, & When to See a Dentist

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.
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Cold Sore

A cold sore is a skin lesion on the lips caused by infection with the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Cold sores are extremely common, harmless, and manifest as a visible red bump on the lip that is sometimes painful.
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What Causes a Swollen Mouth & When to Seek Care

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.
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