Treatment for Sensitive Gums
Many Americans (up to 50 percent) have mild gum disease known as gingivitis, a symptom of which can be sensitive gums. Because sensitive gums are so common, many don’t think twice about how to prevent or treat them. But did you know that if you had a better understanding of what's causing your sensitive gums, you'd be able to make brushing, flossing and eating certain foods hurt less?
What Causes Sensitive Gums?
Brushing too hard, improper flossing techniques, infection or gum disease, can cause sensitive gums. (1) Other causes unrelated to oral hygiene could include a Vitamin K deficiency, hormonal changes during pregnancy, leukemia or blood disorders. Always consult with a dentist or physician if you notice sensitive gums, because they could be a sign of something serious.
Helping Prevent Sensitive Gums
Since many causes of sensitive gums are tied to oral hygiene, this is the best place to start. If you notice sensitive gums, ask yourself the following important questions:
- Are you brushing at least twice a day?
- Are you using a soft-bristle toothbrush?
- Are you flossing at least once per day?
- Do you see your dentist regularly?
- Do you eat a well-balanced diet?
If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you may have some work to do to maintain optimal oral health and help eliminate sensitive gums. Products such as the Oral-B CrossAction Pro-Health Toothbrush feature soft bristles that make brushing more comfortable for sensitive gums. By focusing on prevention, you can help keep your mouth in good health and avoid sensitive gums and other oral health problems.