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Why Do My Gums Hurt When I Brush My Teeth?

Published On: June 16, 2021

Brushing your teeth should be a simple part of your daily routine. A healthy mouth during brushing should be free of any kind of pain and no bleeding. Sometimes though, this isn’t the case. If your gums are hurting you while you’re brushing this could be a sign of the following.

Brushing Correctly

Sometimes your gums can be sore due to brushing them hard, or if you’re using a toothbrush with harder bristles. The main way to alleviate this is to buy a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush in circular motions. This will prevent any tearing of the gums and will also protect your teeth in the long run. 


During puberty we all go through hormonal changes. For some, the hormonal changes can create more blood flow to the gums, making them swollen, sensitive, and red. 

Canker Sores

Canker sores, or ulcers can be irritating and sometimes painful. They usually have a white center and inflamed red edges. It can cause soreness and make it more difficult to brush your teeth.


Signs of bleeding or swelling of the gums are also side effects of chemotherapy. Undering going chemotherapy can allow one to develop stomatitis, which forms ulcers and sores. 


Eating acidic junk food can cause irritation to both the enamel and gums. It’s important to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth after consuming acidic foods as they can exacerbate any irritation associated with the gums.

Retainers, Braces, Dentures, Guards 

Any of these units can rub against your gums, especially if your mouth is adjusting. The consistent rubbing can cause irritation to the gums and make brushing not a pleasant experience.

Gum Disease

Gingivitis, mild gum disease, and periodontitis can lead to swollen gums and even make them feel tender or turn red. If this is your case it’s critical to immediately get in contact with your dentist or us at RenovaSmiles. 

Again, to prevent pain in your gums, it’s best to apply the best oral routine practices such as flossing regularly and brushing in circular motions with a soft bristled toothbrush. For more questions on gum health and overall oral care contact us at RenovaSmiles. We will be happy to take care of all your dental needs.