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What are the reasons people experience sore gums?

There are a variety of conditions that can cause your gums to be sore.  Some ailments
are of dental origin and some are not. You may need professional help from a dentist or
physician with some of the causes of sore gums described on this page.

Please keep in mind that gum conditions that are generally painless have not been
included here. An example is Vitamin C deficiency, or scurvy, which causes bleeding
gums, but the gums are not painful. The common forms of gum disease,
gingivitis and
periodontitis, also produce bleeding, but not painful gums.

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about canker sores from a traditional dental viewpoint, click on this link to the
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine website.

Dental researchers say the exact cause of canker sores is not known, and the
traditional dental opinion is that there is no way to prevent canker sores. That
defies common sense because the human body is a marvelously designed living
organism which the ability to grow, regulate, repair, and defend itself, especially
when it is well nourished.
A well nourished body doesn’t make mistakes. If
your body is well nourished, would you get canker sores?

The Columbia University College of Dental Medicine admits on its website page for
canker sores that “Most [scientists] believe that there is a
problem with the
body's immune system
.”

So, if canker sores develop because of a problem with the body's immune system,
then doesn’t it make sense to do as much as possible to strengthen the body’s
immune system, so as to reduce or block the occurrence of canker sores? If it is
true that a well nourished body doesn’t make mistakes, and if canker sores are an
example of the body making a mistake,
then providing proper nourishment
should be expected to minimize or stop canker sore outbreaks. Click here
now to see how you can effectively provide your whole body, including your
immune system with the nourishment it needs to create excellent oral health and
heal your sore gums.  
strengthening every cell of your child’s body. Click on this link now for
information on how you can do this.
  • Flossing too vigorously can physically injure your gums and cause bleeding and
    pain. However, it is safe to assume that bleeding without any pain is a sign of gum
    disease and not excessive flossing. Let your dentist’s hygienist or assistant teach
    you how to floss properly if you are not sure how to do it correctly. This is a very
    important and effective way to reduce the burden on your immune system, and
    keep your breath fresh, because flossing is an easy way to remove dental plaque,
    which is always loaded with germs, and toxins from the germs.

  • Dental treatments, such as fillings, caps or crown, dentures, implants, braces,
    and surgery, just to name a few, are notorious for producing injury to your gums,
    and pain from the injury. A variety of over the counter remedies to relieve
    symptoms are readily available at health food stores or pharmacies. Healing of
    injured gum tissue can be promoted, supported, and enhanced with effective
    nutritional supplementation. To read how healing sore gums can be easily
accomplished, click here.
  • Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis (NUG) is a condition affecting the gums that,
    according to the traditional dental view, is “caused” by a bacterial infection in which
    a particular type of disease causing bacteria called spirochetes grow in large
    numbers. ‘Necrotizing’ means that gum tissue is destroyed, ‘Ulcerative, refers to
    sores that can appear on the gums, and ‘Gingivitis’ describes the inflamed
    condition of the gums.

    Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis is unlike other forms of periodontal or gum disease,
    because it causes sore, painful gums. Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis   typically
    develops quickly and causes moderate to severe pain, even when no pressure is
    placed on the gums. A unique sign of NUG is that the triangles of gum tissue
    between your teeth are destroyed, so they appear flattened or deflated and are no
    longer visible. This is why the word ‘necrotizing’ is used in the name. Other
    symptoms that occur are gums that bleed easily, a bad taste in the mouth or bad
    breath, a gray film on the gums, and a sore throat which may be accompanied by
    fever and swollen glands in the neck. In very severe cases, the infection can
    even lead to tooth loss. It’s not a pleasant condition to experience.

    According to the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, stress and heavy
    smoking are probable risk factors for Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis, because
    stress may cause certain changes in the body's ability to deal with the bacterial
    infection that always accompanies NUG. The website also states poor oral hygiene,
    poor nutrition, and a weakened immune system can increase your risk for
    Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis. You can read what the website says by
  • Hot foods can create burns on the roof of your mouth, and sometimes on your
    gums, which would then become painful. Health food stores usually have
    homeopathic remedies which can safely help to significantly relieve the symptoms
    of sore gums which have been injured by hot foods. Naturally, you should see a
    doctor, preferably a holistic physician, if the burn is serious. As with injured gum
    tissue from dental treatments, healing of burned gum tissue can be promoted,
    supported, and enhanced with effective nutritional supplementation. To read what
you can conveniently use for sore burned gums, click here.
clicking here.

But isn’t this getting the cart and the horse mixed up? Is a bacterial infection really
a cause of NUG, and are the ‘risk factors’ really risk factors?  Or are they all simply
insults to the immune system that weaken its ability to fend off infection by the
bacteria that, according to the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
website, “cause” the infection?

Doesn’t it make sense that “a weakened immune system” is the real reason for the
possibility of succumbing to the bacterial infection? Doesn’t it make sense that the
so called “risk factors” of smoking, stress, poor oral hygiene and poor nutrition
contribute to the likelihood of developing Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis by further
weakening the immune system?  Doesn’t it also make sense to reduce
your risk of
getting NUG by decreasing or eliminating the factors that stress
your immune
system, and adding as many factors as possible to strengthen
your immune
system?
One effective way to do this is to provide your whole body,
including your immune system with the nourishment it needs to create
excellent oral health and to heal sore gums.
Click here to see how you can
easily accomplish this.
  • Pregnancy tumor or pyogenic granuloma is not a cancer, in spite of its name. It is
    a benign or harmless lump on the gums that usually appears during the second
    trimester of pregnancy and can sometimes cause your gums to be uncomfortable
    or painful.

    Pregnancy tumors may be triggered by the hormonal changes of pregnancy. Some
    pregnancy tumors heal after the pregnancy is over. Others seem to have a more
    obvious cause such as having a lot of tartar on your teeth, which can irritate your
    gums. This can cause a pregnancy tumor to grow. So can poor oral hygiene. Some
    people who have studied pregnancy tumors believe they develop as an extreme
    inflammatory reaction to a local irritation, such as food particles or plaque.

    Pregnancy tumors are usually attached to the gums by a narrow stem of tissue.
    They tend to form on already inflamed gum tissue, usually near the gum line. A
    pregnancy tumor may grow sufficiently in size to look like a large glistening red or
    purple lump with deep red pinpoint markings on it. Pregnancy tumors bleed easily,
    and may form an open sore or become crusted over, making eating and speaking
    difficult.  

    If you are a pregnant female, and you suspect you may have a pregnancy tumor,
    please speak to your dentist. You can reduce the chances of getting a pregnancy
    tumor by seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings and for completion of any
    recommended treatment, before you become pregnant. You can also reduce
    the likelihood of getting a pregnancy tumor by taking the nutritional steps
    that will support your body’s ability to maintain as normal a pregnancy as
    possible, including healthy gums. This is most effective when started before
you become pregnant. Click on this link for information on how you can support
your body’s ability to maintain healthy gums before and during pregnancy.*
your immune system? If you agree, then click on this link for information on
how you can strengthen your immune system and heal sore gums.*
  • Cancers of the gums will usually be painful, especially if they are malignant,
    meaning life threatening. It is beyond the scope of this website to discuss all the
    possible tumors that may grow on or under the gums. Please see a physician,
    preferably a holistic one, as soon as possible if you have a growth on your
    gums and you are not sure what it is, or what to do about it. If you would like
    to find a holistic physician for care and treatment, go to the website of the
American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM). There is a
“Locate an ACAM Physician” feature on the ACAM website home page.
So let’s take a look at each one of these sore gum causes.

  • Canker sores, also called apthous ulcers, are painful, round, sores that show up
    in several places in the mouth, such as on the inside of the lips, inside the cheeks,
    on the tongue, and at the base of the gums. Canker sores are easily confused
    with cold sores caused by the herpes virus. One way to distinguish
    between the two is that canker sores occur inside the mouth, whereas herpetic
    sores are generally seen on the outside of the body, including the lips.

    Canker sores usually last about two weeks and fortunately, the period of
    discomfort when your gums are sore is often only a few days for most people.
    Canker sores generally heal with out any intervention or scaring, although larger
    ones, a half inch across or bigger, may leave scars. If you want to read more
  • Teething generally starts between 3 and 9 months of age, when your infant's baby
    teeth will begin to erupt or emerge into the mouth. Since teething can make your
    child irritable or fussy and may cause restlessness, drooling or loss of appetite, it is
    safe to assume that it causes the gums to be sore or painful at the spot where the
    tooth is trying to break through. As your child grows older, and adult teeth erupt,
    teething pain can be experienced again. Adults can also experience teething pain
    and sore gums years later, when their wisdom teeth try to emerge into the mouth.   
    Sometimes this can be a long process, with episodes of soreness where the wisdom
    tooth is trying to push through the gum tissue.

    Since teething is a normal process which results in injury or stress to the gums, it is
    generally self limiting and self healing. Teething rings for infants or applying
    pressure over the gums by rubbing them with a clean finger can help relieve
    symptoms. For older children or adults, a variety of over the counter remedies to
    relieve symptoms, are readily available at health food stores. Providing your
    child with all the nutritional factors needed to optimize wellness and
    healing will help make the teething process more comfortable by
  • Pregnancy gingivitis is an exaggerated inflammation of the gums during
    pregnancy that may be the result of the hormonal changes that occur during
    pregnancy.  The hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy,especially
    the increased level of progesterone, may make it easier for certain bacteria to
    grow, as well as make gum tissue more sensitive to plaque and exaggerate the
    body's response to the toxins or poisons that result from plaque. In fact, if you
    already have significant gum disease, being pregnant may make it worse.  Typical
    symptoms of pregnancy gingivitis include swelling, bleeding and soreness or
    tenderness in the gums.

    Practicing good oral hygiene habits, especially flossing, reduces the risk and
    severity of pregnancy gingivitis because it reduces the plaque on your teeth under
    your gums. Plaque is a soft, gooey substance of bacteria and other microorganisms
    clumped together in a gel-like material that sticks to the teeth. Reducing the plaque
    under the gums reduces the bacterial toxins in the plaque, which, in turn, reduces
    the stress on your immune system. If your immune system is trying to defend
    the health of your gums by coping with the bacteria in plaque and their
    toxins, doesn’t it make sense to also take effective steps to strengthen
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