Emergency Dentist for
Sore Gums in Houston, TX

Sore gums are a common dental condition and are usually accompanied by redness, swelling, and/or bleeding. Sometimes, the soreness will resolve on its own but other times it requires dental intervention. Let the team at A Dental Care in Houston help with your sore gums.

Causes of Sore Gums

There are many things that can cause sore gums, ranging from mild to serious. In some cases, gum issues don’t cause immediate pain. Some of the most common causes of sore gums include:

  • Gum disease: typically develops due to not practicing proper oral hygiene and must be treated by a dentist. If left untreated, can advance, ultimately resulting in tooth loss.
  • Canker sores: these sores usually look like red splotches and can show up anywhere in your mouth. They usually clear up on their own within a week or two.
  • Using tobacco products: tobacco use increases your risk of developing gum disease and can also cause oral cancer
  • Hormones: hormonal changes throughout your life can have an impact on your gum health
  • Dental abscess: this is a pus pocket that develops near the base of an infected tooth and may or may not be painful.
  • Oral cancer: usually begins as a sore that won’t heal

There are some things you can do at home to treat sore gums, including:

  • OTC pain relievers
  • Rinse with warm saltwater
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush

When to Call for an Appointment

Gum pain should never be ignored- but it’s not always an emergency. If your gums are sore or are bleeding for more than a week, you should have your dentist check you for gum disease. If left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis which can cause dental abscess and ultimately, tooth loss. In addition, research has shown a link between gum disease and heart disease. If you have ongoing pain, bleeding, swelling, gum recession, pain when chewing, sensitivity to heat/cold, loose teeth, or your dentures don’t fit properly, you should call A Dental Care for an appointment.
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