Stomatitis - Definition

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Stomatitis is the medical term for an inflammation of the mucosa of the mouth. This condition can be caused by poor oral or dental hygiene, and can cause the appearance of varying types of lesions, either red or white in color, or taking the form of tiny vesicles. These are called aphthae, and when there are many observed, the condition is defined as aphthous stomatitis. Stomatitis can notably be glaring symptom on a first infection with the herpes virus, often called herpetic gingivostomatitis as the gums are also affected. Other infections, particularly viral, or syphilis can also cause stomatitis.