Tender Gums is a common and mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease) that causes irritation, redness and swelling (inflammation) of your gums.Signs and symptoms include:
Soft, puffy gums
Occasionally, tender gums
Gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss, sometimes seen as redness or pinkness on your brush or floss
A change in the color of your gums from a healthy pink to dusky red
HOW IS TENDER GUMS DIAGNOSED?
A dentist would conduct a routine mouth examination and check for infection and gum disorders.
HOW IS TENDER GUMS TREATED?
The best way to treat gum disease is to practise good oral hygiene, although additional dental and medical treatments are sometimes necessary which include:
• Scale and polish
• Root planning
• periodontal surgery.
Mouthwash containing chlorhexidine or hydrogen peroxide may be prescribed. Paracetamol and ibuprofen are the most commonly prescribed painkillers.
DID YOU KNOW?
People with gum disease have the less severe form, called gingivitis, between 5% and 15% have a much more serious type of gum disease known as periodontitis. Gingivitis can worsen and ultimately lead to tooth loss. The gingivitis progresses, it develops into periodontitis, a condition in which the gums and bone that hold the teeth in place can be severely weakened.