Are Toothpaste Allergies a Real Thing? 10 Reasons Why Your Gums are Itchy

Gums can itch for many issues including bacterial infections and allergies. It is always best to get your symptoms checked by a dentist to receive proper treatment. 

Effective at-home oral hygiene is important to minimize your chances of itchy gums and other dental problems. 

Let’s explore some reasons why you may be experiencing itchy gums in the first place. 

10 Reasons for Itchy Gums

  1. Plaque and tartar buildup. Regular brushing and flossing is so important to remove bacteria, plaque and tartar to minimize itchy, painful gums.
  2. Gum/Periodontal disease. If tartar and plaque do not get removed near the gumline, it can cause gum disease or periodontal disease. Your dentist can provide treatment for gum disease.
  3. Toothpaste allergies. Some people suffer from toothpaste allergies although it is rare. Toothpaste contact dermatitis, on the other hand, is more common and symptoms can include: swollen gums, mouth sores, irritated tongue, and itching/peeling of the skin around the mouth.
  4. Hormones. Hormone fluctuations can cause many changes in the body, putting some at risk for itchy gums and/or gum disease.
  5. Dry mouth. Lots of people suffer from dry mouth for many reasons. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stop itchy gums.
  6. Teeth grinding (bruxism). Teeth grinding oftentimes causes tooth enamel erosion and receding gums (sometimes itchy). There are several types of treatments to reduce or eliminate bruxism.
  7. Teething. Teething in babies and toddlers can cause sore and/or itchy gums. Ask your child’s pediatrician for homeopathic or over-the-counter remedies to relieve itchy gums. Adults can also experience itchy gums when the wisdom teeth erupt.
  8. Tooth abscess. This pocket of pus resulting from an infection can create a painful tooth abscess, which sometimes also causes itchy gums. An abscess should be treated right away to relieve symptoms.
  9. Poor oral hygiene. This might be the most common reason for itchy gums. You should always brush your teeth at least 2-3 times every day and floss 1-2 times per day. If you aren’t sure how to correctly brush or floss your teeth, please ask our dental hygienists or dentist when you come in for your appointment.
  10. Canker sores, viral infections or oral herpes. These issues can sometimes negatively impact the gums, causing them to be sore and/or itchy.


What Now? 

If you live in or near Marietta, GA, call Shining Smiles Family Dentistry for an appointment to get your teeth and itchy gums checked out. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, schedule your routine teeth cleaning appointment today

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