“What should I do if my gums feel sore?” It’s one of the questions of our dental patients here at Advanced Dental Care of Austin.

We all experience gum soreness at some point. There may be several reasons why you’re feeling sore in your gums. But don’t worry. You’re not alone. It happens even to the healthiest of mouths.

Why do you feel soreness in your gums?

The most common causes would include gingivitis, gum disease, canker sores, and mouth ulcers. They may look like they’re the same, but they’re not.

For instance, gum disease is different from gingivitis. Gingivitis can be treated and reversed even without treatment. Its symptoms may include bleeding gums, redness and soreness. However, it’s caused by tartar buildup and bacteria irritating the gum tissue.

After removing tartar buildup, gums will start to heal. However, if it’s left untreated, it’ll develop into a gum disease that can no longer be reversed.

Gum disease requires dental professional intervention and a more aggressive treatment. Regardless of the treatment, you need to practice good oral hygiene.

Mouth ulcers and canker sores affect millions of people. They are an open sore that exposes the nerves in your mouth. As a result, they cause mild to severe gum tenderness. Some of them are caused by external sources, like biting the inside of your cheeks while you eat or burning the tissues with hot food or drinks.

Other mouth ulcers can develop from inside out as a result of herpes viruses, common colds, vitamin deficiencies, stress, and hormones, among others.

Pregnancy, menstruation, and puberty may also cause gum soreness. They involve changing hormones causing an increase in hormone levels drawing more blood to the gums.

My gums feel sore, what are the treatments?

Knowing the cause of your gum soreness may need a visit to Advanced Dental Care of Austin. However, understanding the root of it may also involve self-examination and a follow-up to your dentist.

If the sores are from accidental biting or eating or drinking too hot or acidic food, then you might need to wait for it to heal. You can apply ice or mouth sore ointment that you can purchase over the counter. While the sores are healing, make sure to avoid or refrain from eating foods that can irritate the sores.

Your dentist may also require antibiotics and special rinses to combat bacteria. Taking vitamins, changing your diet and undergoing teeth cleanings more frequently may be recommended by your dentist.

What home remedies can you use to treat gum soreness?

If the soreness isn’t a result of a certain disease, like cancer or diabetes, then you can treat it by rinsing your mouth with salt water. Then, consider using water pressure and gum tissue stimulant.

You may use over-the-counter analgesics that you can apply topically. However, if your condition doesn’t improve in a few days, your dentist may prescribe a specialized bacterial rinse. A periodontal treatment may also be necessary that requires another dental visit.

In most cases, the prognosis for this condition is good to excellent. However, if the pain won’t go away after a few days, you should visit Advanced Dental Care of Austin and our dentist will take a look at it. Keep in mind that early intervention is necessary to avoid spending costly fixes.

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