Gum Pain Treatment in Orange, Laguna Niguel, & Long Beach, CA
Most people don’t really think much about the health or appearance of their gums until problems set in, so if you’re dealing with gum discomfort or pain you may be wondering what’s going on. Here at Orange Coast Cosmetic Dentistry, our dentist Dr. Lindy Beverly and her team can quickly provide you with the treatment options you need when periodontal issues occur.
Why do my gums hurt?
There are many reasons your gums might be hurting, from minor injuries to more serious conditions that require immediate care. It’s important that you’re able to tell when gum pain is a problem worth seeing our dental professionals about. Common causes of gum pain include,
- Canker sores (painful oral ulcers that can be caused by injury, nutritional deficiencies, or stress)
- Aggressive or improper brushing and flossing techniques
- Cuts or irritation (this is more likely to occur if you wear braces, dentures, or a retainer)
- Gum disease
How do I know it’s gum disease?
Gum disease is not something you want to ignore, and nearly half of US adults have some degree of gum disease so it’s important that you recognize the warning signs. Gum pain may be the very first sign of gum disease (this early stage is known as gingivitis). The good news is that gingivitis can be reversed if detected quickly and treated. Along with gum pain, you may also notice,
- Tooth sensitivity
- Inflamed or puffy gums
- Red gums
- Gums that are tender to the touch
- Persistent bad breath
If gum disease progresses then you may eventually notice receding gums, loose teeth, and even tooth loss.
How is gum pain treated?
If you notice that your gum pain doesn’t go away within a couple of days, then you should give our practice a call. Once we evaluate the gums we can determine what’s causing your pain. From there, we can provide you with the proper care and treatment you need. We can educate you on proper brushing and flossing techniques, or offer helpful home remedies and care for painful canker sores (some severe sores can even be treated with laser therapy). If we do detect gum disease, we may recommend lifestyle and dietary changes, medicated oral rinses, oral care products, or scaling and root planing (a professional deep cleaning that gets under the roots and gums to remove plaque and tartar buildup).
If you are dealing with gum swelling, inflammation, or pain, do not ignore these symptoms. The sooner gum disease is treated the better.