Sore Gums

Written by Christa Gatewood
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If you have sore gums, it is most likely because of gum disease. Brushing and flossing should not hurt your gums if they are healthy. Diseased gums, however, become red and swollen, and they may bleed. When gums bleed often, soreness can be a result. If your gums are sore, you need to improve your oral care routine.

Brushing and flossing more regularly is an important part of improving your oral care. It may be uncomfortable to do this at first, particularly if your gums are very sore, but it is the only way for you to improve their health and ease the pain. You will have to tough it out at first, but eventually it will get easier, and you will notice a big difference in the health of your gums.

If your gums are too sore to brush, you may want to use an oral anesthetic first. A topical anesthetic may provide temporary numbness and make it easier to brush your teeth. When the soreness subsides, you can discontinue using the anesthetic.

Persistent Gum Soreness

If your gum soreness persists despite your best efforts, you may need the added intervention of a dental professional. You may need a professional cleaning or another non-surgical procedure. It could be that your gum disease has progressed to the point where improved oral care will not be effective enough. Scaling or root planing may be required to remove plaque and tartar from places a toothbrush and floss cannot reach. If this is the case, it is in your best interest to have these procedures done as soon as possible.


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