Toothaches are the worst, but do you ever think about your gums aching? Unless you’re an avid flosser or a dentist, you probably don’t pay much attention to the state of your gums. Now is the time to keep tabs on that vital piece of oral equipment. Gums are the foundation to your teeth and important to take care of on a daily basis.
Causes and Treatments for Sensitive Gums
Healthy gums should be pink and firm. Have your gums ever been unusually red and sore? If you experience any pain when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing…you may have a gum sensitivity problem.
Gingivitis & Gum Disease
Gingivitis is the number one reason for gum sensitivity in both adults and children! It is inflamed gum tissue, which is a mild and less destructive form of periodontal (gum) disease. One of the initial symptoms in gingivitis is often sore, sensitive gums.
Did you know that most children develop gingivitis? Ask your Nashville dentist about getting your gums checked out because gingivitis can turn into periodontitis, a serious gum infection that is extremely damaging to the mouth.
Brushing & Flossing Too Rough
No need to beat the plaque and tartar off of your teeth. Gently and thoroughly flossing and brushing are all you need to start off a good at home oral care routine. If you find your gums bleed more easily or are inflamed, try being more gentle or buying a soft bristle toothbrush. Parents, practice and teach your kids proper brushing and flossing for a healthier dental future.
Irritation Due to Dental Appliances
It is very common for children AND adults to have braces in this day and age. Sometimes, the brackets or wires may irritate the gums. More often, retainers and mouth guards may take some getting used to. Even dentures can irritate the gums. If this happens, consult your Nashville dentist. Your appliance may need to be professionally adjusted for comfort.
Eating Highly Acidic Foods
Eating and drinking highly acidic foods and drinks can take a toll on your mouth. The best fix is to either steer clear or eat/drink less of these items. Additionally, drink more water to wash away bacteria, increase production of saliva, and get rid of lingering acidic food particles. The following are some foods and beverages (to eat in moderation) that are high in acid:
- Citrus fruit and juices
- Certain cheeses, yogurt, sour cream
- Pickled vegetables
- Sports drinks
Prevent Sensitive Gums
First and foremost, take good care of your mouth. Your entire mouth is an integral part to the rest of your health, so why not keep it in working order? If you do develop sensitive gums at any point, it is important to push through the pain to brush and floss more often. Mouthwash can also work wonders. Of course, don’t smoke. In every case of sensitive gum prevention or treatment, a visit to the dentist is a good idea.
Get in Touch!
They say prevention is the best treatment, so contact your Nashville pediatric dentist today – we see parents too! Is your child sprouting another tooth and complaining of gum soreness, or are you dealing with red, sore gums because you love sodas? Request an appointment to get any questions answered and those teeth routinely cleaned. Plus, it may not hurt to pick out a new toothbrush.