Like many of our other aches and pains, many people try to dismiss gum pain as an insignificant nuisance that will eventually go away. While this may be the case some of the time, there are many instances where tooth and gum pain should not be ignored.
In some cases, gum pain can be the result of minor irritations caused by sensitivity to certain foods, drugs or a mouth guard. This is particularly likely if the patient notices red or white spots that appear with the pain. However, these spots could also be a sign of oral cancer
, so it’s important to have them examined if they persist for more than a week.
Other possibilities include Gingivitis, which includes these symptoms:
- gums that are red, tender, or swollen.
- gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth.
- gums that have pulled away from the teeth.
- loose teeth.
- a change in how your teeth fit together when you bite (malocclusion)
- pus between teeth and gums.
- pain when chewing.
Gums can also hurt when people breathe in cold air, or drink hot or cold liquids. If the pain is fleeting, it could be caused by cavities, loose fillings or gums that have pulled away from the teeth and exposed the roots. Pain that lingers after exposure to heat or cold is a different story. This could mean that the pulp – the center part of a tooth made up of living connective tissue and cells – is inflamed or possibly dying. It may be possible for a Miami dentist to save the tooth, or it might be irreversibly damaged by deep decay or trauma. Continue reading
Posted: Wednesday January 20, 2016