Gingivostomatitis is a highly contagious infection of the mouth. Its main symptoms include pain, swollen gums, blisters, and sores.
These sores can develop on the tongue, under the tongue, and on the cheeks inside the mouth, as well as on the lips and gums.
In this article, learn more about the symptoms, as well as the causes and available treatments for gingivostomatitis.
What is gingivostomatitis?
Gingivostomatitis is a contagious mouth infection that causes painful sores, blisters, and swelling.
It usually spreads through the saliva of an infected individual or by direct contact with a lesion or sore.
Gingivostomatitis is most common in young children, usually under 6 years old, but can also occur in adults. Older people may experience more severe symptoms.
Gingivostomatitis is sometimes called herpetic stomatitis because it is usually the result of infection by the herpes simplex virus. Herpes simplex also causes cold sores.