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My gums hurt when I brush my teeth. What does this mean?

Posted on 1/10/2022 by Robert Leale
My gums hurt when I brush my teeth. What does this mean?If your gums are bleeding, swollen, uncomfortable, or sore while brushing your teeth, you should see a dentist right away before your oral health deteriorates. If you notice that your teeth hurt during brushing, it could be due to one of the following factors.

Brushing right

If you clean your teeth vigorously or with a toothbrush with harsh bristles, you may have gum pain. Brushing softly with soft, nylon bristles in circular strokes rather than back-and-forth motions is recommended.

Gum Disease

If you have gingivitis, a minor form of gum disease, or periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease, your gums may swell, become sensitive, or turn red. Make regular visits to the dentist so that they will examine you and if they detect gum disease a treatment plan will be set for you immediately.

Canker Sores

Canker sores can be both painful and unpleasant. Canker sores, often known as ulcers, have a white center with reddish edges. They might make your gums tender and sore to the touch, making brushing difficult.


Certain acidic foods and drinks, such as orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime juice, and others, can irritate your mouth and even develop mouth sores, which can be painful while brushing your teeth.

Braces, retainers, dentures, or mouth guards

Braces, retainers, dentures, or mouth guards could be one of the few visible causes of gum pain and irritation. Gums can become sore and painful over time as a result of frequent straining, pulling, and rubbing. When you clean your teeth, this can have an impact on how your gums feel.

Giving your gums a little massage from the outside of your mouth will help them feel better. The best method to address gum sensitivity is to take preventative precautions. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day after every meal, flossing, and using mouthwash are all recommended. Make an appointment with your dentist for a routine dental checkup.

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