Itchy gums are annoying, but not uncommon. The cause can range from inadequate oral hygiene to bruxism (teeth grinding). If your gums feel itchy, the first thing to do is take note of any other symptoms you may be experiencing at the same time.
For example, an itching sensation that is present along with tender or inflamed gums may indicate periodontal disease. If the roof of your mouth itches, you may be dealing with an allergy.
Itchy Gums and Your Oral Health
Most commonly, though, itching is a result of a buildup of plaque on your teeth and gums. If you don’t remove this buildup with proper brushing and flossing, it can turn into a hard substance called tartar. Only a dentist or hygienist can remove tartar, so skipping cleaning appointments will lead to irritated, inflamed gums and gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease.
Identifying the Underlying Cause
The first step is to contact your Doylestown dentist to arrange an appointment for an exam. Of course, we cannot address the symptom until we know what the problem is. While there are several oral health-related causes including dry mouth and bruxism, you may also experience itching because of allergies, canker sores, hormonal changes, or erupting wisdom teeth.
If we determine that you have gingivitis, one of our hygienists will perform a thorough cleaning and offer tips to make sure you are taking proper care of your teeth at home. Semi-annual cleanings are essential, but you can undo a lot of the work your dentist does, so it’s crucial to get the most out of your routine at home.
Please Call to Schedule a Cleaning
If itchy gums are a problem for you, please call Doylestown Dental Group to arrange an appointment. We will pinpoint the problem and make sure you get the treatment you need to resolve the issue.