When you think of good oral hygiene, does your mind automatically envision caring for your teeth? While caring for our teeth is incredibly important so is taking care of our gums! Gums are often overlooked when it comes to practicing good oral hygiene. As a result of improper care, you may experience sore gums, bleeding gums, and red inflamed gums.


Improper brushing – When brushing your teeth you should always angle the brush so you are not only brushing the crowns of your teeth but also the gumline. Learn more about proper brushing by visiting our friends at the ADA.

Flossing – Yes flossing really is important! Most often we see patients who are not regularly flossing and this is one of the main causes of gum problems. Learn more about flossing by viewing the video below

Gum Disease/Gingivitis – One of the most common causes of gingivitis is the buildup of bacteria, plaque, on the teeth and gums leading to irritation and pain. Other causes can include improper brushing technique, pregnancy, medications, and systemic conditions.

Medications – Certain medications may cause gum irritation and will normally state this in the list of side effects.

Usage of Tobacco Products – Tobacco products can lead to a number of serious oral health issues, just one being soreness of the gums.


With an understanding of the causes of sore gums here are some simple ways to prevent and treat this irritation:

Proper Oral Hygiene – Brush twice daily, floss daily, and use an antibacterial alcohol-free mouth rinse daily.


Avoid Sugar Rich Foods and Drinks – Food and drinks high in sugar can cause an increase in plaque buildup.

Drink More Water – Increasing your water intake, can help decrease the number of sugary drinks consumed. Also, by rinsing your teeth after eating, you will disrupt the bacteria in your mouth that causes plaque.

Regular Dental Checkups – Seeing your dentist regularly can help decrease the risk of your sore gums turning into a more serious problem. If you are experiencing abnormal pain or soreness of the gums be sure to contact your dentist immediately!