Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Painful Gums Evaluation

The evaluation of mouth or tongue pain begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with mouth or tongue pain may include:


Testing may be necessary to identify the cause of mouth or tongue pain.

Tests that may be used to evaluate mouth or tongue pain include:

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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