Why are my gums painful? Treatments and Relief from your Gosnells Dentist

by | Sep 11, 2019 | Gum Disease

why are my gums painful treatments and relief from your gosnells dentistWhen gums are red, tender, swollen or even bleeding; gum disease is the usual cause. And at Smile Dental Studios Gosnells, it is the first thing we will look at.

However, there are can also be other reasons that gums can “act up”. Even if there is no associated discomfort, unhealthy gums make it vital to visit your Gosnells dentist so the source of your symptoms can be determined and treated.

So, including gum disease, let’s take a look at what causes gums to turn red, swell, and bleed.

Potential Causes of Irritated Gums

Brushing technique

It may seem counter-intuitive, but your brushing can be the cause of your irritated gums. If your technique is on the hard or aggressive side, you might be aggravating the soft tissue of your gums.

The proper technique is to hold your toothbrush against your gum line and teeth at a 45-degree angle and apply light pressure while brushing in a gentle, circular motion. This will clean your teeth, gums, and where they meet while not damaging anything.

Your toothbrush

In most jobs, the tools you use are as important as how you use them. This is also true of toothbrushes. For most people, a medium or hard-bristled toothbrush is a bit too much, and a soft, round-tip-bristled brush is a better choice.

Also, be sure to change your toothbrush every three months or so. This ensures the toothbrush will be effective on your gums and is not carrying any old gunk or bacteria.

Flossing technique

A bit like brushing, poor technique at flossing can irritate your gums. Two of the main problems here are super-fine floss or using a “sawing” motion when flossing.

Instead, use a ribbon-type floss and gently slide it between the teeth, never forcing it. Then, wrap it around each tooth and floss. Don’t let flossing, which should help your gums stay pink and healthy, become damaging to them.

With that said, flossing, mainly if you haven’t been doing it regularly, can lead to sensitivity and light bleeding as your gums become accustomed to it.

These problems should diminish and go away as your gums get used to flossing. If flossing continues to be uncomfortable, or if bleeding is heavy or persistent, it may be that you suffer from gum disease. If so, book a visit with your Gosnells dentist!

Poor dental hygiene

This is the most common cause of gum disease. Your mouth houses millions of bacteria, which is as it should be. These bacteria help break your food down.

However, if you don’t floss and brush these bacteria away on a daily basis, it will ‘gang up’ with food particles, byproducts of acid, and saliva to create plaque, which will stubbornly attach to your teeth.

This plaque can accumulate and harden, particularly at the gum line. This leads to soreness and irritation. Your twice-a-day brushing and daily flossing is your first line of defence against this build-up. You can also help control plaque by limiting sugary or acidic food and not using any tobacco products.

Gum disease

Over time, plaque build-up causes inflammation of the gums, called gingivitis. This is the first stage of gum disease, and if it is not treated can develop into periodontitis. This severe infection can lead to receded gums, weakened ligaments, damaged bones, and tooth loss.

The more quickly gingivitis is identified and dealt with, the more likely it is that periodontitis and the threatening complications that accompany it can be avoided. This is another reason to visit Smile Dental Studios Gosnells every six months!

Dental appliances

Dental appliances, like braces, retainers, and dentures, can take a bit of time to become comfortable in the mouth. When these appliances are placed, they may cause irritation and soreness, but the mouth and gums should adapt.

However, if the irritation continues, it may mean that the appliance is fitted poorly or broken. In that case, it’s time for a trip to your dentist or orthodontist to make sure everything is working correctly.


Hormonal changes can influence women’s gum health. Puberty, for example, increases blood flow to the gums, which can lead to soreness and swelling.

During a woman’s period, gums may inflame, swell, or even bleed, and this can also happen during the first trimester of pregnancy. Menopause may be accompanied by dry gums and increased soreness and bleeding.

These hormonal effects are not related to poor health, but if the irritation becomes challenging to deal with, or extreme, speak to your Gosnells dentist for advice.

Smile Dental Studios Gosnells Information

Our primary dentist has over seven years of dental experience and provides high-quality dental treatment to all patients in the Gosnells area.

We focus on communicating effectively with our patients and building a solid rapport, therefore transforming many dental phobic patients to regular attendees.

Gosnells dentist also serves the local communities in KelmscottMaddingtonThornlieHuntingdaleCanningtonHarrisdaleArmadalePiarra WatersSouthern River, Forrestdale, Parkwood, Lynwood, Kenwick, Roleystone, Martin, Camillo, Champion Lakes, Seville Grove, Mount Nasura and Langford.

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