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My Gums Hurt When I Brush. What Does This Mean?

Posted on 4/24/2023 by Dr. Michael Wockenfus
My Gums Hurt When I Brush. What Does This Mean?When brushing your teeth, if your gums are bleeding, swollen, painful, or sore, you should see a dentist right away before your dental health deteriorates. One of the following things may be causing your teeth to hurt during brushing.

Bushing Wrong

You need to brush your teeth gently to ensure that your gums do not hurt. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles mainly nylon moving in a circular motion. The right motion for brushing is the back-and-forth motion. The gums are delicate and will need you to use a soft brush with soft bristles.


Periodontal gum disease or gingivitis can cause harm to your gums when you are brushing your teeth. The gums may swell when you have gum disease, turn red, and become sensitive. Ensure that you visit the dentist regularly to determine whether your gum is healthy and prevent gum disease. The dentist will examine you and can notice any form of gum disease in its early stages known as gingivitis.

Canker sores

Canker sores can cause harm to your teeth during the brushing process. The canker sores are unpleasant and are known as ulcers. Generally, they are small lesions found at the base of your gums or the soft tissues in your mouth. They have a reddish edge with a white center and can make your gums sore. Canker sores make the gums tender and so brushing the teeth becomes hectic. There's no cure for canker sores, but they disappear within a week or two.


The diet that you take plays an important role in oral health. Your gums need stronger minerals and so exposing the gums and teeth to acidic foods can irritate your mouth. The acid can develop mouth sores and they are so uncomfortable.

Call us to schedule a consultation with our experienced dentists for more insights on your oral health.

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