Evolve Dentistry | Dentist in Portishead, Somerset

24 Harbour Road Portishead BS20 7AL

24 Harbour Road Portishead BS20 7AL

sore gums

Sore gums

Why are my gums sore all of a sudden?

Inflammation of the gums can be caused by gum disease, also known as gingivitis. This is usually caused by the build-up of plaque on your teeth. Gum disease can make your gums bleed when you brush/floss. This is a sign from your gums that you need to improve your oral hygiene, often people are worried when their gums bleed, so reduce their brushing and flossing. This is not the right thing to do. Some medical conditions can cause gums to become more sensitive, this is often seen in pregnancy but can also be a sign of more serious illness, such as leukaemia. Do not ignore sore or bleeding gums.

How long does it take for inflamed gums to heal?

With good oral hygiene, it can take 10-14 days for inflamed gums to heal and in serious cases even longer. Your hygienist will be able to advise you on this and also how frequently you may require treatment to manage any gum disease you may have.

Will sore gums go away?

This depends on the cause of the soreness. It’s important to see a hygienist regularly, who will check your gum health and give you guidance on any areas that need some extra attention.

Why do I have throbbing pain in my gums?

The most common reason people experience sore gums is due to a build-up of plaque, causing gum disease. Gum disease can cause discomfort, throbbing teeth, bleeding gums and sensitivity.

Why do my gums hurt in one spot?

Gums may have one sore spot, this can be because you’ve eaten hard or sharp food, a gum abscess, or from an infection trapped within the gums. Food that is trapped between teeth can also put pressure on the gums, causing pain if not removed. If you are concerned, please seek professional advice. Early intervention can often prevent more serious problems from developing.

Is it my gum or tooth that hurts?

Sometimes, the pain you feel in your mouth can feel like it’s coming from your tooth but it can actually be your gum. This could be caused by gum disease, brushing too hard, flossing incorrectly, an abscess or even oral cancer. Hormonal changes can also cause gum pain for women. Careful investigation can usually establish the cause of the problem and allow it to be treated quickly.

If you are concerned about your gum health, you can book an appointment with our hygienists, even if you aren’t a registered patient here at Evolve. Just call us on 01275 842 550.

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