One of These Five Reasons Could Be Why Your Gums are Unusually Sensitive
Have you been living with gums that are painful, tender, red, or otherwise inflamed? If so, there is likely something wrong. If it happens once in a while, it might be nothing to worry about but if it is happening regularly, then we strongly suggest having your local dentist look at it. You can contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 to do this.
- Your Brushing and/or Flossing Technique
- You Might Have Gum Disease
- You Could Have Other Medical Issues
- Unhealthy Habits Could Be the Culprit
- You Might Be Dealing with Hormonal Charges
Both the simplest cause and the easiest to remedy if it is the issue, brushing or flossing too hard can injury your gums. Remember that your gums are made up of soft tissue and that tissue can be easily agitated. You do want to brush and floss thoroughly but this does not have to mean brushing or flossing hard. Get a soft-bristle toothbrush and brush in a circular motion.
You might be surprised to learn that more than half of adults in the United States have some form of gum disease. In its less severe form, gum disease can be treated by nothing more than better oral hygiene. If it is allowed to get serious, then it can be difficult to cure. One of the first signs for many people is receding gums, which is one of the reasons you should contact your dentist right away if you have noticed your gums receding.
There are several health issues that could result in your gums feeling tender or sensitive. For example, canker sores (aka mouth ulcers) can cause painful gums. Oral cancer is another medical issue that can cause painful gums. If you are dealing with a medical condition, talk to your dentist about whether or not it could be the cause of your sensitive gums.
Certain unhealthy habits can cause damage to your gums. For example, cigarette smokers are at a much higher risk of gum disease than those who do not smoke. Diets full of carbs and sugars, and devoid of nutrients and minerals, can affect the entire body – including the gums. This is especially true if you eat sugary, high-starch foods and do not brush your teeth afterward.
When a person experiences a major change in hormones, they can experience sensitive gums. This includes when boys and girls go through puberty, when a person is pregnant, and when a person is pregnant.
If you have noticed that your gums are sensitive, you should talk to your dentist sooner rather than later. This could be a minor issue or it could be a serious health issue. Contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 now to make an appointment with an experienced dentist.