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Severe Mouth Pain Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand severe mouth pain symptoms, including 5 causes & common questions.

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Contents

  1. 5 Possible Severe Mouth Pain Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

5 Possible Severe Mouth Pain Causes

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

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

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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

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

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.

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Severe Mouth 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 cancer?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS?
  • Does your breath smell worse than usual?

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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Severe Mouth Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced severe mouth pain have also experienced:

  • 6% Gum Pain
  • 3% Neck Pain Along The Lymph Nodes
  • 3% Loss Of Appetite

People who have experienced severe mouth pain were most often matched with:

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

People who have experienced severe mouth 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.