Why Do Your Gums Hurt?
Gum pain can be tough to deal with. However, a dentist can check out your mouth, determine what is causing the pain and treat it.
Common Underlying Causes of Gum Pain
Sometimes the source of pain is something simple. But other times it may be due to a more serious cause.
The following underlying causes can result in gum pain:
- Brushing too hard. Using a toothbrush that isn’t soft enough or bearing down too hard when brushing can make your gums hurt.
- Dental friction. Retainers, partials or dentures can rub against the gums and make them painful. Your dentist can adjust these devices to get rid of the discomfort.
- Canker sores. A canker sore located on the gum can create gum pain and make eating or talking uncomfortable.
- Gingivitis. Gingivitis is a periodontal disease that makes the gums turn red, swell and bleed. It is not as serious as periodontal disease but can lead to periodontal disease if not properly treated.
- Periodontal disease. Periodontal disease causes infections in the gums, and other tissues such as the periodontal ligaments and bones.
- Oral thrush. Thrush is a yeast infection that develops in the mouth. It appears like white or yellow bumps on the tongue and can spread to the gums.
- Cancer of the mouth. While far less common, cancer of the mouth can make the gums sore.
When to See a Dentist
If gum pain is persistent or severe or if you have a fever or swelling, you should make an appointment to see your dentist. Your dentist can detect the source of the pain and can treat you or refer you to the appropriate healthcare professional.
Tell Us About Your Dental Concerns
At Hutto Hippo Family Dental, we are glad to answer any questions you may have.