What Does Gum Pain Mean?

If you are currently experiencing gum pain, then you are probably wondering what the cause of it can be. Gum pain usually signifies a greater issue, such as gingivitis or periodontitis, but it can also be caused by other factors. We will take a look at a few of them below.

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums. This inflammation is primarily caused by poor oral hygiene. When you eat, plaque is created by the interaction of bacteria with sugars and starches contained in the food. The most effective way to remove this plaque is to be diligent about brushing your teeth at least twice a day. If plaque is not removed, it becomes tartar, and tartar can no longer be removed by brushing alone. Tartar that develops below the gumline can then cause infection and inflammation. Periodontitis is the result of untreated gingivitis. If allowed to progress to this point, a visit to our expert in periodontics will be necessary.

It is possible for hormone changes that occur during pregnancy can also cause gum pain. This is because your gums may be more sensitive in general during this time. Another common occurrence of gum pain is a canker sore. A canker sore will usually go away on its own, but may provide some discomfort.

If you are experiencing gum pain, it is best to contact our expert in treatment of gum pain in Los Angeles to set up an appointment.

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