What Does Pain In Your Gums Mean?

What Does Pain In Your Gums Mean?

Understanding Pain in Your Gums

Pain in your gums can be alarming, but it doesn’t always mean something dire. At Park Boulevard Family Dentistry, we understand that pain in the gums can be a sign of many different issues and we’re here to help you figure out what’s causing your gum pain and how to treat it. Let’s take a look at some of the common causes of gum pain and what you should do if you experience it.

Gum Disease

One of the most common causes of gum pain is gum disease. Gum disease is an infection caused by bacteria buildup in your mouth that affects both your teeth and your gums. If left untreated, it can cause severe damage to your teeth and gums, not to mention other health problems such as heart disease. The first signs of gum disease are often redness, swelling, and bleeding when brushing or flossing. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact our office right away for an appointment so that we can diagnose the issue and discuss treatment options with you.

Tooth Abscesses

A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus that forms around the root of a tooth due to infection or decay. It can cause intense pain in your gums as well as fever, soreness, swelling, bad breath, and sensitivity to heat or cold. If you suspect that you have a tooth abscess, contact our office immediately for an appointment so that we can discuss treatment options with you.

Other Causes

In addition to these two main causes of gum pain, there are several other potential causes including trauma (such as biting down too hard on something), grinding or clenching your teeth during sleep (bruxism), eating acidic foods (such as citrus fruits), smoking cigarettes or cigars, chewing tobacco products, and poor oral hygiene habits such as not brushing or flossing regularly. Any one of these factors could be causing your gum pain; our team at Park Boulevard Family Dentistry will help you identify the source so that we can provide targeted treatment accordingly.

Contact Us Today!

No matter what’s causing your gum pain—whether it’s related to tooth decay or something else entirely—the team at Park Boulevard Family Dentistry is here to help! We’ll work with you every step of the way to get to the root cause of your discomfort so that we can develop a customized treatment plan for you quickly and effectively. Contact us today to schedule an appointment! We look forward to helping you find relief from your gum pain soon!