Treatments for Sensitive Gums: Get Relief at Our Burlington Dental Office

Sensitive gums make brushing, flossing, and eating uncomfortable. Whether your gums are always inflamed or prone to bleeding each time you brush and floss, there are options available to help reduce sensitivity.

You should consult your Burlington dental office for a check-up when your gums become sensitive suddenly. Also, you must familiarize yourself with the common causes of sensitivity to see if you can avoid these triggers.


Common Reasons for Gum Sensitivity

If your gums are frequently swollen or sensitive, the reasons might surprise you. Just some reasons you might notice sensitivity in the gums include:

  • Brushing Too Hard: Some gums are more susceptible to pressure than others. If you tend to brush your teeth like scrubbing a dirty dish, you most likely irritated the delicate tissues of your gums. Using an abrasive toothbrush, even with a gentle brushing motion, can also lead to irritation. So stick to soft-bristled brushes and a soft back and forth motion.
  • Hormonal Changes: Hormones might cause sensitive gums, especially while pregnant. Speak with your Burlington dental office professionals if you are pregnant and notice changes in your gum sensitivity. While pregnant, see your dental professional. Pregnant women are prone to gum disease and frequent check-ups can help prevent it.
  • Prescription Medications: Some medications lead to inflammation of the gums. Medications like Dilantin and calcium channel blockers specifically warn about gum sensitivity in their consumer information packet.
  • Dental Appliances: Braces, dentures, and retainers cause temporary gum soreness. If you have had dental appliances recently fitted, they might be the source of your discomfort.
  • Acidic Foods: Acidic foods wreak havoc on your enamel, but also your gums. Acid causes irritation and sores around the gum tissues.
  • Gum Disease: Inflammation paired with bleeding, bad breath, and soreness might indicate early signs of gum disease. Sensitive gums that bleed are more likely a result of bacteria rather than habits.


How Our Burlington Family Dentistry Team Recommends Treating Gum Sensitivity?

If sensitive gums make brushing and eating challenging, try these options for treating your sore, inflamed gums:

  • Take an anti-inflammatory medication (with physician approval) to reduce inflammation of the nerves in your jaw that might cause gum soreness.
  • Eat cool foods that help numb the pain and reduce swelling.
  • Use toothpaste with benzocaine to numb your sore gums and reduce tenderness.
  • Stick to flossing daily. While floss irritates gums, the more you floss, the more resistance your gums build up, and the healthier your mouth becomes.
  • Rinse with salt water if your gums bleed or become inflamed. Salt water naturally reduces swelling and cleans the mouth.

If you have swollen, irritated or bleeding gums, visit our local Burlington dental office for a quick checkup. A dentist from Gardner Dental Group can examine your mouth and rule out any gum disease or underlying causes.


We can help you find a solution that brings relief and keeps your mouth free from unwanted pain.


Schedule an appointment at our Burlington family dentistry by calling our local office at 905-632-3633 or reach out to us online with your dental questions.

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