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A 39-year-old member asked:

Are sensitive gums caused by aging?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dale Rottman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Not necessarily: Sensitive gums are more likely to be caused by inflamation which is a sign of infection and gum disease. Sensitive gums are a warning sign. Consult your dentist.
Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
Dentistry 33 years experience
Not necessarily: Gums are more prone to recede over time, however just because we age it is not inevitable. Some sensitivity is caused by clenching. Have a dentist that is familiar with bite issues check you thoroughly. Prescription strength home fluorides can have a huge impact on lessening sensitivity.
Dr. James Beck
Dentistry 11 years experience
Could be recession: I agree with the other doctors' answers, but the sensitivity you are feeling could be the teeth around the gumline. As you age, the gums recede or are worn away from over-agressive brushing. This exposes the root portion of the tooth, which is more sensitive. Try sensodyne or a dentist prescribed toothpaste. The dentist can also apply a desensitizing agent to exposed roots.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

In healthy people are sensitive gums caused by aging?

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Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Probably not.: Not unless there is underlying disease associated with the teeth/gingiva. Ask your dentist.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Can strep cause swollen sensitive gums?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Strep infection: A strep infection can affect any part of the body. Rarely if ever have i personally seen a strep infection of the gums. If you have a strep infection, your doctor should have you on the appropriate antibiotic. If your gums remain swollen and sensitive after resolution of the strep infection, see your dentist. It wouldn't be a bad idea to see your dentist anyway in case you have some dental problem.

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