Gum pain doesn’t always mean you have gingivitis or something serious. You may be surprised at a few of the reasons…
Yes! Did you know a change in hormones (usually related to stress and/or aging) can cause your gums to be sore?
You may have assumed you got something stuck in there, but it could be internal.
If your dentist cannot determine any tooth or gum-related causes for your discomfort, make an appointment with your GP.
I remember going through a time of heavy periods due to fibroids. My hormone levels were all over the place. My gums were extremely sensitive, achy and itchy. I didn’t know why.
I thought I was a dental problem, but it was my hormones!
Clenching or Grinding
Do you ever wake up with headaches? Or when you chew, do you feel soreness in your jaw as if you’ve been chomping on some really hard bubble gum for days?
Well you could be clenching or grinding in your sleep at night.
Clenching means you just press your top and bottom rows together really tight. Grinding is when you actually move your rows back and forth.
There are many reasons why we do it (stress is a common one), but once you start, it can be a hard habit to break.
Not only can this cause gum tenderness or soreness with your gums, but it can also grind your teeth down.
If you believe you are clenching or grinding, talk to your dentist. He/she may suggest an OTC night guard or fit you for one.
I had one fitted for my mouth by my dentist and it really helps.
Hidden, Lodged Particles
This is the most annoying reason for gum pain because you can’t get the foreign substance out!
And if you eat a lot of popcorn like me, it’s bound to happen from time to time.
Just because you can’t see or feel anything doesn’t mean it’s not there. You’d be surprised how particles can really hide down in your gum pockets.
My gums ached for two days straight. It was a nagging pain that was almost itchy. I kept flossing over and over again.
Nothing, but a little of blood from the irritation.
I finally went to my dentist and he found something flat and white lodged in my gums. I have no idea what it was, but it was the root of the problem. A day later the pain subsided.
Don’t try to self diagnose. If your pain lasts for more than a day or two, call your dentist. It’s probably nothing too serious.
You’re Brushing Too Hard
You don’t have to press down so hard as these powerful tools do the job with very little pressure.
If this is the source of your issue, it should clear up after you let up on the pressure. Just give it a few days.
In the meantime, drink ice water to soothe any pain. You can also brush with a regular toothbrush for a couple of days.