What You Should Know about Sore Gums

Oral Hygiene is so important!


How sore gums may be caused by improper brushing or flossing techniques. Foods with sharp edges like potato chips can cause irritation that takes a while to heal.


Food particles can become lodged between the teeth. If the particles are not removed by flossing, brushing or rinsing, the gum will become sore and tender.

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In most cases, the temporary soreness is not a symptom of gum disease. However, the majority of Americans over the age of 35 suffer from some degree of gum disease. So, it is important to see your dentist regularly. Here are some other suggestions.

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Brushing in a circular motion, instead of up and down or back and forth, is the best way to ensure that the gum is not damaged. You should always choose a toothbrush with soft bristles. Medium or hard bristles not only damage the gum, they can also damage tooth enamel.


In an effort to care for their teeth, many people brush too vigorously. Vigorous brushing is unnecessary and can cause bleeding, sore or swollen gums.

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When flossing, it is important to work the floss slowly down the side of the teeth using a back and forth motion. Applying too much pressure to the floss or using only an up and down motion can cause damage to the gum and may end up forcing food particles further down between the teeth rather than removing them.


Irritation from sharp foods is something that happens occasionally. If a specific area of the gum seems particularly sensitive or is often irritated by eating, take the time to examine the inside of your mouth. Look for white ulcers, growths or other lesions. You may not be able to see inside of your mouth. It could be time to visit your dentist if you are having these problems frequently.


Chronically swollen gums are almost always signs of gum disease; either gingivitis or periodontitis. Another symptom of gingivitis is bleeding whenever the teeth are brushed. The condition is not usually painful, which is why many people fail to seek treatment. If left untreated, gingivitis can worsen and lead to periodontitis.


In periodontitis, there are changes in the way your teeth fit together. One or more of your teeth may feel loose. Eventually, the teeth may fall out. Tooth extraction may be required to prevent the disease from damaging the bone or your overall health.


Another symptom to watch for is bad breath. If you frequently have sore gums and you have bad breath that won't go away, you probably have some degree of gum disease. You should see your dentist as soon as possible. Early treatment reduces the risk of tooth loss.

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