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Itchy Gum Is Your Worst Enemy, Ways To Defeat It

Are you struggling with itchy gums?

Dental health is about more than just your teeth. Most of the time you tend to ignore it, which could lead to severity later.

Like, itchy gums which isn't only irritating but could be a sign of several different conditions, if you don’t know the cause.

Why do gums itch?

Itchy gums can be the sign of many different oral conditions including allergies, gum disease, or even dry mouth.

These include gum disease, allergies, hormonal changes, and more. Figuring out which condition is causing your gums to itch can help you find a treatment and stop the itch.

Itchy gums may be a product of fungal, viral, or bacterial infections, Periodontal disease. Certain medications, nutritional deficiencies, improperly fitting dentures (if someone is wearing dentures), teeth grinding (, or night grinding) , allergies, stress etc.

What could be the possible reason?

A common cause of itchy gums is plaque buildup on the teeth and gums. Plaque is a sticky film found on teeth, which contains bacteria that break down some of the simple sugars found in food and drink.

If plaque builds up and stays on teeth for long enough, it can begin to harden into tartar, which cannot be removed with floss or a toothbrush.

Tartar below the gum line can cause gums to become irritated and inflamed.

The teeth and gums are sensitive to hormonal changes. For women and girls experiencing puberty, pregnancy, or menopause, hormone changes may cause itchy gums or increase the risk for gum disease.

How to treat itchy gums:

Itchy gums are usually easy to treat, and good dental hygiene can prevent most problems:

Brushing teeth, flossing, and using an antibacterial mouthwash.

Gargling with some lukewarm water and salt can relieve itchiness. In between rinse out your mouth with cool or cold water.

Suck on a piece of ice if your gums are itchy. The cold can numb the discomfort and reduce any inflammation associated with itchy gums.

Limit or avoid spicy and acidic foods or tobacco.

Mix baking soda and water to form a paste, then apply it to your gums. The paste may control any bacterial infections causing your gums to itch.

Reducing the stress in your life may help relieve itching gums.

Conclusion: If you are experiencing itchy gums and home remedies don’t help, after 4 to 7 days schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Dentist will be able to advise on changes to diet and lifestyle and provide initial care, such as professional cleaning. Enjoy healthy Lifestyle.. Happy life happy smile..

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Dr. Uzma

Holistic, lifestyle coach and guest writer

Hi! I'm a dentist by profession and a certified holistic, lifestyle coach.

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