Causes of Palate Pain


Mouth pain can cause difficulty with speaking, eating, swallowing and may also disrupt sleep and daily activities. Palate pain can occur in anyone, and pain that persists or is accompanied by open wounds or bleeding should be evaluated by a doctor.

Burning Mouth Syndrome

A burning sensation on the tongue, cheeks and roof of the mouth is a condition referred to as burning mouth syndrome and according to the Mayo Clinic, can cause pain and tingling in the palate.

Canker Sores

According to the National Library of Medicine, canker sores in the mouth can result from viral infections and cause palate pain.


Children with palate pain may have an infection called gingivostomatitis, which is caused by one of the human herpes viruses and causes swelling and pain in the gums and throughout the mouth, according to the National Library of Medicine.


Herpes simplex can cause palate pain and open sores in the mouth, and results from infection by one of many types of human herpes viruses, according to the National Library of Medicine.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can develop anywhere in the mouth, including the palate, cheeks, tongue and gums, and can cause symptoms including pain, bleeding and lumps according to the National Library of Medicine.


Thrush is an infection caused by the Candida albicans fungus, and is common in children and people with immune disorders. It can cause symptoms including palate pain and difficulty swallowing.

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