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What can i do if i have sensitive gums?

6 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. John DeWolf
Dentistry 40 years experience
Oral hygiene: Make sure you are properly brushing and cleaning inter-dentally. If you are over or under doing it you could have sensitivity. Electric toothbrushes can be helpful for thorough and non-traumatic cleaning. If there is bleeding in your gums and it's been awhile since you've had a professional cleaning, it's time to get that done.
Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
Dentistry 33 years experience
Rx Fluorides: I see many patients who have some sensitivity. After 3-12 months using this fluoride, we see the sensitivity go way down. Clenching your teeth can also cause sensitivity and gum recession, so visit a dentist who is very experienced in treating your bite as well.
Dr. Fernando Juliao
Dentistry 30 years experience
Brush gently: Most of my patients with sensitive teeth or receded gums are people that have brushed their teeth with: large brushing strokes and/or, a hard or medium toothbrush (always use soft). Try massaging gently with soft toothbrush and not brushing too strongly !
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Stimulate: Stimulate by brushing the gums lightly. Should "desensitize" them over time.
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 39 years experience
Sensitive to ?: It could be a number of things like gum disease or a cold sore. I would suggest seeing a dentist for an evaluation and treatment options.
Dr. Saleh Elahwal
Endodontics 35 years experience
Sensitive gums`: Do you mean your gums bleeds easily when using the tooth brush to brush your teeth.If this the case , you probably having some sort of gingivitis which is the inflammation of the gum due to the presence of a biofilm on your teeth or what we call it dental plaque .And if it is not treated at early stage it could advance to periodontitis or the inflammation of the periodontium

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How should I relieve sensitive gums?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Reid Winick
Dentistry 33 years experience
Proper cleaning: Dental visit is important to rule out if their is an infection in the gums or tooth. If gums warm salt water is helpful. A water pik is helpful, also.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What toothtbrush should I use if I have sensitive gums?

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Dr. Debi Williams
Dentistry 26 years experience
Soft toothbrush: Always use a soft toothbrush because medium and hard toothbrush bristles can create crevices in the roots of our teeth. Other things to help sensitive gums: 1) rinse with warm salt water three times a day 2) use peroxyl mouthrinse 3) when you brush your teeth, gently massage the gums 4) floss 'gently' do not pop the floss between your teeth. Visit your dentist if gums continue to be sore.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How do I care for sensitive gums?

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Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 25 years experience
Dentist first.: Sensitive gums are not normal so it needs to be examined by a dentist. Once your dentist finds out why your gums are sensitive, you will receive a recommendation of care. If your gums are inflamed and sensitive, hygienist's cleaning will be ordered to control inflammation. Cleaning may be prophy if there is no gum disease (pd). If pd is present, cleaning of the exposed roots will be needed.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Suddenly, I have very sensitive gums, what should I do?

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Dr. John DeWolf
Dentistry 40 years experience
Home care: Brush and floss (or use other interdental cleaning aids) thoroughly but gently immediately and schedule a dental exam asap.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is good for sensitive gums?

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Dr. Behram Dalal
Dentistry 31 years experience
Sensitive gums: Result from under stimulated gums. Best to use a mechanical toothbrush like an oral b triumph and also a waterpik. Used properly, in a couple of weeks as the gums start to get healthier, its bye-bye sensitive gums.

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