What causes sore gums?
It can quickly become frustrating if you have gums that are sensitive to temperature, chewing, and brushing. Some of the causes of sore gums are medical and some are habitual. As you read through the following possibilities, consider your own 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 resolve the problem – or it will lead to red, sore gums.
- Tooth decay, like a cavity: a sore tooth can easily cause sensations of 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. Gentle toothpastes such as Zendium and soft-bristled brushes are great for thoroughly cleaning your teeth.
- 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.
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 gums and prevent them from happening again.
Sensitive mouth problems are one of the top five oral care concerns globally.
Sore gums: What to do?
- Book 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.
- 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 mild and gentle toothpaste like Zendium, get 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 gums can be a nuisance, but once you understand the causes and have spoken with your dentist, you should be able to relieve the symptoms quickly. Try Zendium toothpaste. It contains the same enzymes and proteins as the mouth, and is clinically proven to fight the causes of gum bleeding and inflammation, giving you healthy gums** and a more resilient mouth, naturally. For more information on gum pain and how to treat the different symptoms, click here.
*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.
**Based on results in 113 people who used Zendium, in a gum health clinical study, UK 2017.