Irritated Gums: What’s The Story?

Sometimes, you will find that you’re dealing with gum inflammation or just an all around uncomfortable feeling that’s most certainly not the sign of optimal gum health. However, that does not necessarily mean you’re experiencing gingivitis or some other form of gum disease. If you’ve gotten the all clear from us regarding potential periodontal disease, then what else could be leading to your discomfort? Surprisingly enough, some common irritants may be the culprits. Learn more about how to keep your gums feeling calm and comfortable.

Your Care Is Too Aggressive

Your gums may become uncomfortable and irritated if you brush too aggressively. Or, if you floss too aggressively. What’s the problem here, you wonder? Perhaps you assume that vigorous methods will provide deeper cleaning. Well, what you need to be doing is providing your smile with a delicate touch instead! When you’re too forceful, your gum health declines. Your gum tissue will respond by pulling back, leaving you with gum recession.

You’re Eating The Wrong Foods

Fortunately, logical thinking will work for you in this particular instance. If you’re eating foods that are very spicy, extremely hot, sharp (broken tortilla chip pieces, for instance), or even very acidic foods, these can be quite irritating. When you eat them, they can cause your gums to feel irritated, too. Stick with foods that cannot scrape or stab your gums and that don’t hurt. Then, introduce possible culprits back in one by one (like a spicy food) to see if you have a reaction. If so, cut it out of your diet entirely.

You’re Using Harsh Chemicals

If you’re using abrasive toothpaste, a too-strong mouthwash, over-the-counter whitening, or something else full of harsh ingredients, it may take a toll on your gum health. Ask us first if you’re introducing something new into your home care.

Keep Gums Calm And Healthy

Learn more about avoiding potential irritants, so you can keep your gums healthy. Learn more by scheduling a visit in Prairie Village, KS by calling Robert M Browne, DDS at (913) 901-8585.