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Burning Gum Pain Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand burning gum pain symptoms, including 5 causes & common questions.

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Contents

  1. 5 Possible Burning Gum Pain Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

5 Possible Burning Gum Pain Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced burning gum pain. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums. It is typically caused by poor dental hygiene and the buildup of bacteria. Its hallmark symptoms are swollen, discolored, bleeding gums. The main risk factors for the development of the disease are increasing age, smoking, and dry mouth. It is both treatable and preventable by engaging in recommended dental hygiene practices. A dentist can also treat the disease by cleaning plaque off your teeth, giving you a special mouthwash, and flossing your teeth. If gingivitis is not treated, it can progress to a more aggressive disease, called periodontitis, or can cause an infection of the gums, including the formation of an abscess.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: bleeding gums, gum pain, gum swelling, gum redness

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (anug)

Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG) is a relatively rare infection of the gums. It's also known as "trench mouth", as it was discovered in a large number of soldiers in WWI that were stuck in trenches. The pain caused by ANUG is what makes it different from chronic periodontitis, and it requires treatment by professionals.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: bleeding gums, gum pain, chronically bad breath, severe mouth pain, gum swelling

Urgency: In-person visit

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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.

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

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. In fact, most adults are infected with HSV, usually transmitted in childhood by normal close contact with parents, siblings or friends.

While the infection can be entirely unnoticed, or asymptomatic, the cold sores themselves are usually visible and sometimes painful. In an otherwise healthy individual, they are essentially harmless, though their appearance can cause a great deal of distress.

As with most viruses, there is no cure for HSV infection, though certain medications can decrease the rate of outbreaks for those who are severely afflicted.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: mouth lesions, itchy mouth, pain on the outside of the lips, lip numbness, burning pain on the outside of the lips

Symptoms that always occur with cold sore: mouth lesions

Urgency: Self-treatment

Dry socket (postextraction alveolar osteitis)

Dry socket (or postextraction alveolar osteitis) is a common cause of severe pain after a dental extraction (tooth pull). It's known to be related to how the extraction was done, menstrual cycle, tobacco smoking, age, sex, and whether you have had an extraction before.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: constant mouth pain, chronically bad breath, changed sense of taste, severe mouth pain, mouth pain at the site of a dental procedure

Symptoms that always occur with dry socket (postextraction alveolar osteitis): mouth pain at the site of a dental procedure, constant mouth pain

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Burning Gum Pain

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Where specifically is your mouth pain?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS?
  • Do you have a rash?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with cancer?

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Burning Gum Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced burning gum pain have also experienced:

  • 8% Gum Pain
  • 7% Gum Swelling
  • 7% Toothache

People who have experienced burning gum pain were most often matched with:

  • 55% Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis (Anug)
  • 33% Gingivitis
  • 11% Oral Herpes

People who have experienced burning gum pain had symptoms persist for:

  • 47% Less than a week
  • 27% Less than a day
  • 11% Over a month

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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