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  • Definition

    Gingivostomatitis is an infection of the mouth and gums that leads to swelling and sores. It may be due to a virus or bacteria.

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Gingivostomatitis is common, especially among children. It may occur after infection with the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which also causes cold sores. See: Herpetic stomatitis

    The condition may also occur after infection with a coxsackie virus. See: herpangina

    It may occur in people with poor oral hygiene.