What Could be the Cause of Gum Pain?


Gums can become swollen, inflamed, tender, or even painful for several reasons. Our periodontists in Los Angeles work to find the underlying cause of any gum discomfort. With the right treatment, your gum health and comfort can be restored.

Common causes of gum pain include:

  1. Aggressive dental hygiene

Brushing and flossing are among the most basic dental care needs, but brushing too hard and flossing too roughly can injure your gums. To protect your gum tissue, use a soft-bristled brush, and be gentle when you clean your teeth.

  1. Gum disease

About half of adults in the U.S. have some form of gum disease. Gum disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque, which infect the gum tissue and cause an inflammatory response. Treatments can range from professional deep cleaning and improved at-home cleaning regimens, to antimicrobial therapy and surgery.

  1. Ill-fitting dentures

If you wear dentures, they may need to be adjusted or relined periodically. If your dentures do not fit well, they can rub and irritate your gums, causing sores and pain.

If you are suffering from gum inflammation, tenderness, or pain, call our expert in gum pain treatment in Los Angeles to schedule your consultation with our team.

What Causes Gum Discoloration?

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One of the most common reasons people hide their smile away from others is because of gum discoloration. There are a variety of reasons why somebody may be suffering from gum discoloration.

Many times, dark gums are not necessarily a sign of poor dental hygiene. In fact, dark gums could actually be perfectly healthy gums. The reason these otherwise healthy gums are discolored is because of genetics. People with a genetic link to the Middle East or to certain areas of South Africa, may have a genetic condition in which their gums have higher levels of pigmentation. This can affect the whole gum line or just portions of it. Though this genetic link is higher for some, this can affect people of all races and ethnicities.

Smoking is another reason why people may suffer from a discolored gum line. Additionally, certain medications like minocycline can cause patients to have darkened gums. In some cases, metal-based crowns can actually cause a discoloration of the gums.

Whatever the cause may be, there are gum lightening options that are available to address the issue. As long as your gums are healthy, the procedure is minimally invasive, and results can be seen the same day of the procedure.