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What causes mouth irritation?

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Mouth irritation can be caused by:

  • Biting your cheek, tongue, or lip
  • Wearing braces or another type of dental apparatus, or having a sharp, broken tooth
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Burning one's mouth from hot food or drinks
  • Having gum disease (gingivitis) or other type of mouth infection
  • Having hypersensitivity to certain things, such as foods or medicines
  • Having certain autoimmune diseases affecting the mucosal lining of the mouth, such as lupus, Crohn's disease, or Behcet's disease
  • Taking certain drugs such as chemotherapy, antibiotics, medications used for rheumatoid arthritis, or epilepsy medications
  • Receiving radiation as part of cancer treatment

From: Stomatitis WebMD Medical Reference

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Scully, C. Journal of the American Dental Association.

Journal of the American Dental Association , March 2005.

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Mouth Sores: Insight into causes, treatment, and prevention."

Sol Silverman, DDS, professor of oral medicine, University of California, San Francisco.

Medline Plus.

University of Virginia Health System: "Dental and Oral Health."

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center: "Gynecologic Cancer Glossary."

Goroll, A. and Mulley, A. , 4th edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000. Primary Care Medicine: Office Evaluation and Management of the Adult Patient

American Dental Association: "Canker Sores, Cold Sores & Common Mouth Sores."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 11, 2019

SOURCES:

Scully, C. Journal of the American Dental Association.

Journal of the American Dental Association , March 2005.

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Mouth Sores: Insight into causes, treatment, and prevention."

Sol Silverman, DDS, professor of oral medicine, University of California, San Francisco.

Medline Plus.

University of Virginia Health System: "Dental and Oral Health."

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center: "Gynecologic Cancer Glossary."

Goroll, A. and Mulley, A. , 4th edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000. Primary Care Medicine: Office Evaluation and Management of the Adult Patient

American Dental Association: "Canker Sores, Cold Sores & Common Mouth Sores."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 11, 2019

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