Toothaches are common, but they aren’t the only form of dental discomfort that can affect your quality of life. Sore gums can occur for a number of reasons, from teething as a baby to gum recession as we grow older, and in some cases, gum disease at some point in between. Like a toothache, sore gums can range from annoying to debilitating, and finding relief depends on the nature of the issue. Your Urbandale dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong, explores common ways to soothe sore gums, according to their cause.
Soothe Your Baby’s Teething Gums
Typically, our first experience with dental pain occurs as our first teeth begin erupting from the gums at around six months of age. Though babies can’t talk when teething begins, they usually find a way announce their discomfort. To help your infant’s sore, teething gums, try these tips;
- Massage your baby’s gums with a clean finger or damp gauze pad.
- Use a chilled, solid rubber teething ring. The liquid-filled variety can break and leak under the pressure of chewing.
- Don’t freeze the ring. Extremely cold temperatures can harm your baby’s soft oral tissues.
- Making sure to dry your baby’s drool (there will be plenty) to prevent skin irritation.
Fighting Gum Recession & Disease
Gum recession describes the process of gum tissue separating from teeth. In some cases, recession can occur naturally as we age, but commonly a symptom of the bacterial infection that leads to gum disease. When bacterial dental plaque accumulates along the gum line, some germs release toxins that erode the ligaments connecting your gums to your teeth. Treating gum recession and early gum disease involves thoroughly removing bacteria from the pockets between gums and teeth, allowing the gums to heal. In severe cases, gum surgery may be required to repair or replace damaged gum tissue.
Call Your Urbandale Dentist Today
To learn more about soothing sore gums, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Hussong by calling your Urbandale dentist’s office at (515) 984-6001. Located in the 50226 area, Cornerstone Dental proudly welcomes families from Des Moines, Polk City, Ames, Ankeny, Alleman, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and the surrounding communities.