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What Does It Mean If Your Gums Are Sore or Inflamed?

December 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — brushdental @ 5:24 pm
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Under normal circumstances, you might not pay much attention to your gums. However, you will certainly notice if they become sore or inflamed. Naturally, you will want to start looking for a solution to this problem right away, but what caused it in the first place? Here’s a look at what can lead to sore or inflamed gums as well as what your options for treatment are.

What Can Cause Sore or Inflamed Gums?

In many cases, sore or inflamed gums are a side effect of gingivitis or periodontitis. Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease, and it often occurs as a result of plaque and tartar accumulating in your mouth. When gingivitis is left alone for too long, it can eventually turn into periodontitis – a much more serious oral health issue that can cause teeth to become loose or fall out entirely.

There are other possible explanations for sore or inflamed gums, such as brushing too hard or an oral infection caused by fungi or viruses. You should see a dentist as soon as possible so they can narrow down the source of the problem.

What Can You Do About Sore or Inflamed Gums?

If your sore or inflamed gums are a side effect of gingivitis or periodontitis, your dentist may recommend a periodontal treatment. Oftentimes, you may need scaling and root planing; this is when harmful bacteria are removed from the area around and below your gumline before the tooth roots are smoothed out to make future infections less likely to happen.

You can also take care of your sore or inflamed gums at home by following these steps:

  • Make a point of brushing and flossing thoroughly every day while being very gentle with your gums.
  • Get in the habit of rinsing with salt water in order to fight the bacteria that may be attacking your gum tissue.
  • Reduce any swelling you’re experiencing by holding a cold compress over the area. Remember, you should only use a cold compress for 15-minute intervals.
  • Start drinking more water. This will help encourage your body to make more saliva, which can help fight the bacteria that contribute to gum inflammation.
  • Try eating more foods that can improve the health of your gums. In particular, you should make sure that you’re getting a sufficient amount of vitamin C and calcium.

You shouldn’t make the mistake of ignoring sore or inflamed gums for too long. Contact your dentist as soon as possible to let them know about your concerns; they can help you figure out what needs to be done to improve and protect your gum health.

About the Author

Dr. John Kuan went to the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco. He always loves having the chance to help families in Royse City enjoy a positive dental experience. When his patients are suffering from sore or inflamed gums due to gum disease, he can often help with scaling and root planing. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Kuan at Brush Dental, visit his website or call (469) 723-4000.

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