Tips to help sore gums
Do you have sensitive or sore gums? Such issues are one of the top five oral care concerns globally*. Luckily, there is no need to suffer, as this article will tell you exactly what to do to relieve sore gums and what kind of sensitive gums treatments are available.
What causes sore gums and teeth?
It can quickly become frustrating if you have gums that are sensitive to temperature, chewing, and brushing. Some of the sore gum causes are medical, and some are habitual. As you read through the following possibilities, consider your habits, both in terms of keeping your mouth healthy and how you treat your mouth in general.
- Gingivitis: A condition which can be avoided with thorough oral care. But, once it has emerged, a dental visit will be necessary to help resolve the problem – or it will lead to red, aching gums.
- Tooth decay, like a cavity: A sore tooth can easily cause pain to the surrounding area, including the gums.
- Hormonal changes, including during pregnancy: Your gums are one of the first indicators of changes in your body and as such, they may react to hormonal changes.
- Brushing and flossing too harshly: You don’t need to use a hard toothbrush or high-concentrated fluoride toothpaste to get the job done.
- Malnutrition: Gums are sensitive to not only the health of your mouth but also that of your body.
- Poorly fitting dental appliances, like a retainer or dentures: If you suspect that your fittings are a little off, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist for an adjustment. The point of these oral additions is to improve your mouth and smile, not cause problems.
Sensitive mouth problems are one of the top five oral care concerns globally.
Symptoms of sore gums
Chances are that if you are reading this article, you are already experiencing these symptoms. Do any of these sound familiar?
- Swollen, sore gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing
If so, here are four tips to help you manage the pain of sore and aching gums and tips on sensitive gums remedies.
Treatment for sore gums
- Make an appointment to see your dentist: They’ll be able to give you a professional diagnosis and a personalised sore gums remedy. They may also recommend some of the following home remedies and prevention tips.
- Eat something cold: Frozen grapes, cool water and ice cubes can all relieve the pain and even help reduce the swelling temporarily, but only if you don’t suffer from very sensitive gums.
- Take an anti-inflammatory to reduce the swelling and help your gums to heal: Medication should only be taken with adult and medical supervision.
- Update your oral hygiene: Use a new toothbrush with soft bristles, read up on brushing techniques, and make sure you are flossing thoroughly. Your sore gums could be a warning sign of gingivitis, a condition that can be avoided by keeping up with your dental care at home.
Sore and sensitive gums can be a nuisance, but once you understand the causes and have spoken to your dentist, you should be able to relieve the symptoms quickly. As a preventative measure try a Zendium toothpaste that offers effective care whilst being 4 times kinder than a standard toothpaste containing SLS**. By boosting the mouth’s natural defences, Zendium helps the mouth to heal itself, even when it’s at its most vulnerable by gently caring for the mouth’s delicate soft tissues.
*Based on research in which 28,974 people, from thirteen countries around the world, were asked about their oral hygiene. The results can be used to represent more than half the global population. Research conducted by TNS in 2014-15.
**Compared to a regular toothpaste containing SLS, on soft tissues, 30 mins after use. Clinically proven, UK 2016, n = 30.
The advice in this article does not constitute medical advice, it is solely available for information purposes. We recommend that you consult your dentist if you are experiencing any gum or tooth problems.