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"What causes a sore, burning mouth?"

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Burns when eating and sore all the time


Sorry to hear that you are having these symptoms, which sound quite distressing. Since they are persistent and not going away, I would highly recommend that you seek help from your primary care doctor, since there are several potential causes of the pain. First, this could be gingivitis, which is a condition in which the gums at the base of the teeth become inflamed, usually because of poor oral hygiene. When this occur, there can be significant discomfort, redness, or bleeding of gums. Treatment of gingivitis by a dentist is important to protect the health of your teeth. Another possibility is glossitis, which is an inflammation of the tongue, usually caused by a nutritional deficiency, such as iron deficiency. Additionally, there are multiple types of sores which could be present in the mouth. These could include the sores from a herpes virus infection or canker sores. Finally, there are several medical conditions unrelated to the mouth or teeth specifically which can cause a burning sensation. These include chronic sinus or nasal allergy problems as well as chronic heartburn. Start with a visit to your primary care doctor, who can help you figure out what you need to do next. Good luck!

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