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6 Potential Burning Gum Pain Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Gingivitis

    Gingivitis is the infection of the gums surrounding the teeth. It is caused by plaque and/or tartar that has built up on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky layer of gunk made by food particles, mucus, and bacteria. After a while, plaque hardens to become tartar (or calculus). Plaque and tartar at the bottom of the teeth causes the gums to become irritated and infected.

    Great, with dental care and improvement in dental hygiene

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    bleeding gums, gum pain, gum swelling, gum redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Middle Ear Infection

    Middle ear infections, also known as otitis media, occur when the tubes that carry sound become clogged with debris like mucus.

    With proper treatment, middle ear infections generally resolve within a week.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, sore throat, new headache, fever, ear canal pain
    Symptoms that always occur with middle ear infection:
    ear canal pain
    Symptoms that never occur with middle ear infection:
    vertigo (extreme dizziness), face weakness, facial numbness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Temporomandibular Joint (Tmj) Dysfunction Disorder

    The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located in front of the ear, and it connects the jaw to the side of the head. Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a painful condition which can be caused by excess tension in jaw mucles, faulty alignment between upper and lower teeth, arthritis in the joint, or injury of the jaw or face.

    Outcome is highly case-dependent.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dizziness, pain, restricted movement, and clicking sounds from jaw, history of headaches, jaw pain, pain in the back of the neck
    Symptoms that always occur with temporomandibular joint (tmj) dysfunction disorder:
    pain, restricted movement, and clicking sounds from jaw
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Perleche (Angular Cheilitis)

    Perleche (angular cheilitis) is inflammation of the corners of the mouth. It's typically caused by collection of moisture at the corners of the mouth, which allows for fungus, bacteria, or other organisms to infect the skin. This typically happens in children who mouth-breathe or thumb-suck, adults with poorly fitting dentures, or people with vitamin deficiencies, anorexia, or bulimia.

    Good prognosis with treatment. Relapses occur because you do not use the medication enough or the underlying cause isn't dealt with.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in the corners of the mouth, corner of the mouth redness, spontaneous skin changes, mouth skin changes
    Symptoms that always occur with perleche (angular cheilitis):
    pain in the corners of the mouth, corner of the mouth redness
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  5. 5.Oral Herpes

    Herpetic stomatitis is a viral infection of the mouth that causes fever and red and inflamed gums. This typically happens early in childhood.

    1-2 weeks but recurrent

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, gum pain, painful mouth sore, gum swelling, gum redness
    Symptoms that always occur with oral herpes:
    gum pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  6. 6.Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)

    Swimmer's ear, also known as otitis externa, is inflammation, irritation, or infection of the outer ear and ear canal.

    7-10 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, ear canal pain, ear fullness/pressure, jaw pain, ear pain that gets worse when moving
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Burning Gum Pain

  • Q.Where specifically is your mouth pain?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS?

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Burning Gum Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced burning gum pain have also experienced:

    • 8% Gum Swelling
    • 7% Gum Pain
    • 7% Toothache
  • People who have experienced burning gum pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 47% Less Than a Week
    • 27% Less Than a Day
    • 10% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced burning gum pain were most often matched with:

    • 64% Gingivitis
    • 3% Temporomandibular Joint (Tmj) Dysfunction Disorder
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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