Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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What Causes Mouth Soreness?

Friday, 12 October 2012 09:10 AM

Question: I have soreness in my mouth that seems to come and go. The roof of my mouth and my upper gums become inflamed and painful. Do you have any idea what this could be?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Assuming you have good dental hygiene, these symptoms are often seen as a side effect from medications, or in the presence of allergy response to food, supplements, additives, dyes or as part of a generalized allergic response to environmental allergens such as ragweed. Much of the time an elimination diet will answer these questions. In other words, you eliminate one suspected cause and wait to see if your symptoms change. If they don't, move on to the next suspect and eliminate it. But I would certainly suggest you seek professional guidance before self managing, because there are several common medical conditions that may present in this fashion. You deserve a physical evaluation as well as some basic labs such as a CBC, HIV, comprehensive chemistry, as well as an evaluation for vitamin deficiency, specifically vitamin C deficiency. Do you eat sufficient fruit? It is time to see your dentist and your medical doctor.

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Mouth soreness, pain and inflammation can be caused by medication side effects or allergies.
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