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What are the causes of those little bumps in the roof of your mouth to become swollen and hurt?

What are the causes of those little bumps in the roof of your mouth to become swollen and hurt?

Palatal bumps?: It could be a host of possibilities. Without seeing it in person, it's hard to say and only a guess. Irritation from food and inflammation from smoking would be my first two guesses. Have your own dentist take a look at it and try to establish the exact cause in your case. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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I have a tooth ache and a very painful swollen bump on center of the roof of my mouth. Do you have any ideas of possible cause and how to ease pain?

I have a tooth ache and a very painful swollen bump on center of  the roof of my mouth. Do you have any ideas of possible cause and how to ease pain?

Possible infection: The most common reason for a painful swelling in the mouth is an infection. This is not something you can treat on your own. While antibiotics can help short term, unless the source of the infection is eliminated, it will keep returning. You need to see a dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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Red raw sore on the roof of my mouth. Swollen red bumps on back of tongue and back sides of tongue and white spots on tonsils.

Red raw sore on the roof of my mouth. Swollen red bumps on back of tongue and back sides of tongue and white spots on tonsils.

Infection: Sounds viral but may be bacterial. If you use tobacco, a palatal biopsy may be in order. Salt water gargles and topical anesthetic will help. A throat culture can help differentiate the etiology. See your physician. ...Read more

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Why would I have red round bumps/sores on the roof of my mouth/hard palate? Should I see my physician or dentist?

Why would I have red round bumps/sores on the roof of my mouth/hard palate? Should I see my physician or dentist?

See your dentist: could be swollen salivary glands, trauma from eating, or a reaction from food or medicine. See your dentist for a thorough exam and they will start to diagnose what the problem is or refer you to the appropriate specialist to help you. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it normal for the gum area on top of a tori on palate to become pink and a little swollen after burning roof of mouth? How long until gum goes down

Is it normal for the gum area on top of a tori on palate to become pink and a little swollen after burning roof of mouth? How long until gum goes down

Pain is never normal: The damage is done, the too-hot food has been consumed, and your burned mouth is swollen. Avoid sharp, crunchy foods, vitamin E application and good oral hygiene will heal the condition in seven days. Take care. ...Read more

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