What are the signs of mouth problems?
Your mouth is made up of your lips, tongue, gums, teeth, cheek lining, mouth floor, hard palate, soft palate, uvula, and tonsils. Your mouth helps you breathe, talk, swallow, taste and chew. Symptoms involving the mouth are extremely common and affect people in all age groups.
Mouth Problems Spotlight
General mouth symptoms
The range of mouth symptoms includes:
Burning or scalding sensation
Deformity of the mouth or its structures
Difficulty chewing or swallowing
Excessive salivation or drooling
Pain and soreness including dental pain due to dental disease and problems
Patches or spots that can be red or white, smooth or raised
Rash, blisters, ulcers or sores
Swelling or enlargement of the gums, tonsils, lips or tongue
Mouth symptoms can be a symptom of a variety of disorders and diseases including infection, inflammation, allergy, genetic disorders, trauma, malignancy, metabolic diseases, and other abnormal processes. Mouth symptoms can vary in character and intensity depending on the underlying cause and individual factors, and may be felt all the time or only during certain activities, such as eating, drinking, chewing or breathing.
Mouth symptoms can gradually build over weeks or months, such as a painful sore that does not heal. In addition, ongoing mouth symptoms can be due to chronic or long-term conditions, such as diabetes, oral cancer, or Down syndrome. Mouth symptoms can also appear suddenly, such as lip or tongue swelling due to an allergic reaction or injury.
Mouth symptoms can be a sign of a serious disease or condition. Seek prompt medical care and talk with your medical professional about unexplained mouth symptoms or if you have mouth symptoms that have been treated but are not improving as expected.
Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have severe pain, tongue, lip, mouth or facial swelling, shortness of breath, throat tightness, slurred speech, paralysis or drooping of the face, or a change in consciousness.
What other symptoms might occur with mouth symptoms?
Mouth symptoms may occur with other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. For example, white patches of pus on the tonsils combined with a sore throat and fever may be due to a streptococcal infection (strep throat).... Read more about mouth symptomssymptoms
What causes mouth symptoms?
Mouth symptoms can be related to a wide variety of diseases, disorders and conditions. Some causes of mouth symptoms are serious, even life threatening, such as an anaphylactic reaction. Other causes may be relatively mild, such as the common cold or dental problems.... Read more about mouth symptomscauses