Sore gums

Having sore gums is a condition that is allied with gum swelling, redness, ulcers and bleeding. When the oral health of an individual is poor, they face the problem of inflammation of the gums and other gum infections. Someone with this problem experiences great difficulty whilst eating and drinking and this soreness can be steady or intermittent.

Any particular part of the gums can be affected by the disease and dependent upon the severity and cause, this can then affect the entire gum line. Along with sore gums, several other symptoms can arise as well. These other symptoms are:

  • Bleeding of gums
  • The color of the gums turn from pink to red or even purple
  • The gums become more shiny than usual
  • Sometimes the gums are only painful when touched.
  • Receding gums
  • The gums become swollen
  • Bad breath
  • Diarrhea or constipation is also possible
  • Nausea
  • Pale skin or pallor

The basic reason for sore gums is poor oral health. Failure to brush or floss teeth regularly and properly lead to all types of gums diseases including sore gums. Other usual causes of sore gums are:

  • Gingivitis
  • Canker sores
  • Teething
  • Periodontal disease
  • Dryness of mouth due to any reason, particularly medications
  • Poorly fitting dentures
  • Improper and harsh brushing or flossing of teeth
  • Smoking and other consumption of tobacco
  • Any type of bacterial, viral or fungal infections
  • Consumption of hot foods
  • Pregnancy
  • Gum cancer