- Canker Sores: These are painful ulcers found in your mouth that can cause serious gum pain. Canker sores can be caused by stress or injury to the tissue in your mouth, or an underlying health condition such as an impaired immune system, nutritional deficiencies, or gastrointestinal disease.
- Cuts or Abrasions: Gum pain can often be caused by a simple cut or abrasion. Braces or other dental hardware such as dentures or retainers can irritate the tissue and cause gum pain.
- Gum Disease or Infection: Gum pain associated with sensitive or bleeding gums is often caused by gum disease or gum infection. The mildest form of gum disease, gingivitis, affects approximately one in two American adults and can cause chronic gum pain and sensitivity. If not treated properly by removing plaque from the teeth and around the gum line, gingivitis can progress to more serious gum infection.
- Sinus Infection: A sinus infection, otherwise known as sinusitis, occurs when the tissue lining of your sinuses is swollen or inflamed, and can lead to sinus gum pain. Sinuses are normally filled with air, but when they become filled with fluid, germs can grow and lead to infection. Approximately 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis each year, so sinus gum pain and dental pain are very common.
Gum Pain Relief and Treatments
- Brushing at least twice a day with an anti-gingivitis toothpaste like one from the Crest Gum Collection. These are specifically formulated to neutralize plaque bacteria. Try Crest Gum Detoxify or Gum and Enamel Repair.
- Paying special attention to the area around the gum line, where plaque can be trapped.
- Switching to an electric toothbrush for better gum stimulation.
- Flossing daily.
- Visiting your dentist twice a year.
- Using an anti-gingivitis mouthwash every day.
Moss Family Dentistry
Whittaker Moss, DDS
1916 East Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804