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Simple solutions to soothe sore, fragile gums

December 01, 2020

Try over-the-counter medications, water flossers, and rinses.


Gum pain is hard to ignore. The aching, stinging sensation can linger for days and make eating uncomfortable. If the pain is new, you may worry it signals an undiagnosed condition. As you search for answers, you can relieve pain with a number of home remedies and over-the-counter options.

Sore gum causes

Sore gums have many potential causes. One of the most common is an early (often reversible) stage of gum disease called gingivitis. It happens when buildup of plaque (a sticky film containing bacteria) irritates the gums, making them red, swollen, and prone to bleeding easily.

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