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Burning Pain in The Roof of The Mouth Symptoms & Causes

Understand burning pain in the roof of the mouth symptoms, including 5 causes & common questions.

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5 Possible Burning Pain In The Roof Of The Mouth Causes

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

Burning mouth syndrome

Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a chronic pain syndrome defined as having a burning pain or sensation in your mouth without a cause that can be found. It happens way more often in women (7 times more likely), typically during times of hormonal changes (just before or during menopause). While no one has identified the cause, it could have to do with the makeup of saliva, damage from dentures, tics or teeth grinding, infections, and even autoimmune diseases.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: dry mouth, changed sense of taste, tongue pain, burning sensation in the mouth, moderate mouth pain

Symptoms that always occur with burning mouth syndrome: burning sensation in the mouth, tongue pain

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Head and neck cancer

There are five main types of head and neck cancer, which are all named according to the part of the body where they develop: laryngeal (voice box), nasal cavity and sinus, nasopharyngeal (air passage way behind the nose), oral (mouth), and salivary gland cancers. Most of these cancers are squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs), meaning they begin in the flat (squamous) cells that make up the thin surface layer of the structures in the head and neck.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: loss of appetite, unintentional weight loss, hoarse voice, neck bump, ear canal pain

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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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 ...

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

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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Burning Pain In The Roof Of The Mouth

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?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

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Burning Pain In The Roof Of The Mouth Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced burning pain in the roof of the mouth have also experienced:

  • 10% Pain In The Roof Of The Mouth
  • 10% Sore Throat
  • 4% Red Spots In The Mouth

People who have experienced burning pain in the roof of the mouth were most often matched with:

  • 40% Head And Neck Cancer
  • 30% Burning Mouth Syndrome
  • 30% Gingivitis

People who have experienced burning pain in the roof of the mouth 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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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.