If you experience painful gums when you eat, drink, brush, or floss, you may wonder what is the cause and how to address it. Painful gums or bleeding of the gums can be caused by improper brushing or flossing techniques, gum disease, chemotherapy, tobacco use, or hormonal changes. (1) Painful gums are often traced back to gum disease; resolving the problem is an important part of keeping your gums healthy. Your gums provide the overall support for your teeth and if not properly cared for, early gum disease can progress to other serious oral health problems.
Treating Painful Gums
There are many ways to help improve the health of your gums. Improving your oral hygiene is the easiest way to keep your teeth gums healthy. Be sure you are brushing twice a day and flossing daily with the best products available. If you are experiencing painful gums, you should visit your dentist.
Other ways to reduce gum pain may include avoiding the use of tobacco, improving your nutrition, or reducing stress in your life. These important steps combined with an effective oral hygiene regimen can help bring your gums back to good health.