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Inner Cheek Pain Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Inner cheek pain usually comes with a lump or blister in the cheek. Other related symptoms are mouth swelling inside the cheek, or swelling of the face. Common causes for pain in the cheek include cold sores, gingivitis, or even oral herpes. Read below for more causes and treatment options.

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Contents

  1. 4 Possible Inner Cheek Pain Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

4 Possible Inner Cheek Pain Causes

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

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 unnoti...

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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 ...

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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

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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Inner Cheek 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?

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

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Inner Cheek Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced inner cheek pain have also experienced:

  • 10% Swollen Face
  • 8% Face Pain
  • 5% Gum Pain

People who have experienced inner cheek pain were most often matched with:

  • 55% Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis (Anug)
  • 33% Gingivitis
  • 11% Cold Sore

People who have experienced inner cheek 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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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.