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If Your Gums Hurt, What Should You Do?

Posted on 12/30/2016 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
A woman rising out her mouth with saltwater.
Sore gums are often caused by inflammation from bacteria entering the gums due to plaque buildup on teeth. As plaque builds, it pushes against the gums, irritating them and allowing the bacteria to enter. This inflammation is a sign of gum disease.

Other signs include redness, visible swelling and bleeding while brushing and flossing. If you experience gum pain, there are several things you can do.

Salt Water Rinse

Salt is a natural disinfectant. Creating a salt water solution, preferably with warm water, will help ease the pain of inflammation, reduce swelling and help to draw out any infection.

Avoid Irritants
Certain habits, such as smoking or drinking, can actually worsen the pain and inflammation. It is best to curb these habits as much as possible to avoid further irritation.

Drink Water
Drinking water washes away leftover food particles and any sugar from juice or soda, all things that bacteria love to feed on. It also helps prevent dry mouth, which would create a perfect environment for bacteria. Saliva is the mouth's natural defense against bacteria, and drinking water helps to sustain saliva production.

Brush Your Teeth

It may be painful at first, but brush your teeth. Brushing will loosen and remove some of the plaque that has built up on your teeth as well as get rid of some of the bacteria. Flossing will help remove these unwanted guests from between your teeth and a mouthwash (preferably one that is alcohol free to avoid further irritation) will kill bacteria and rinse it away. It is important to keep a regular oral hygiene routine of brushing twice a day, flossing and using mouthwash to prevent plaque buildup from occurring.

See Your Dentist

Brushing alone will not get rid of all of the stubborn plaque that started the irritation in the first place. Only a professional cleaning from your dentist can do that. It is also important that you see your dentist at least twice a year for regular cleanings to help spot and prevent any problems.

Sore gums can cause extreme pain. By taking measures to reduce and get rid of the problem and continuing good oral hygiene practices you can prevent this inflammation from coming back.

Please contact us if you are experiencing gum pain.

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