Gums are the delicate tissues that cover the roots of your teeth and hold them in place. If your gums hurt when brushing, it usually means that you are brushing the teeth roughly or you have developed gum disease.

What do my Gums Hurt?

People commonly complain their gums hurt when brushing or their gums hurt after eating. Other people may experience pain differently. Some complain that both teeth and gums hurt.

Here are some common reasons for pain:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth injury
  • Periodontal disease
  • Mouth infection

From too many sweets to food stuck between the teeth, there are several possible causes for gums and teeth hurt.

Why do Gums Hurt when Brushing?

As mentioned earlier, there could be two reasons for this issue:

Brushing & Flossing Roughly

You may be cleaning your teeth too hard in an attempt to get them as clean as possible. While your teeth may appear to be able to withstand the abuse, your delicate gums cannot. Brushing your teeth too forcefully, on the other hand, might harm the enamel.

Here are some suggestions for keeping your gums healthy while also keeping your teeth sparkling:

  • Brush using a soft-bristled toothbrush. They clean just as well as medium or hard bristles and are less harmful to your gums and teeth
  • Instead of brushing in a hard-back-and-forth motion, use gentle circular motions. The plaque will be removed without irritating your gums
  • If your gums hurt after flossing, then you need to be gentle here as well. Instead of pressing the floss down against the gums, follow the curve of your tooth and softly massage it in between teeth

Gum Disease

It is caused by bacteria in your mouth, which can range from gingivitis to periodontitis. Your gums may become sensitive, sore, swollen, red, or even bleed as a result of the infection.

If you have gum disease and experience pain when brushing, the treatment you receive will be determined by how far the disease has progressed.

After examining your teeth and gums and determining the severity of your case, your dentist can provide you with a treatment plan.

Why are my Gums Bleeding?

At times, in addition to your gums hurting while brushing, you may also notice that they bleed. It can be as simple as you brushing and flossing too hard. However, it can also be an issue of disease, an abscessed tooth, artificial teeth such as dentures or bridges not fitting properly, or having an underlying health condition.

Changing the way you brush can stop your gums from bleeding. If the problem persists, then you must visit your dentist. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to determine the real cause of the bleeding and provide the appropriate treatment.

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