If you’ve never experienced an itching sensation in your gums, you may be surprised to find out that it’s even possible. There are several reasons this can happen, according to Dr. Ken Collins, DDS, of Collins Family Dentistry in Spokane, Washington.
“The most common reason for itching gums is gum disease,” he said. “The good news is that, when discovered early, the damage from gum disease can be reversed through professional dental treatment.” Other possible causes of itching gums include allergic reactions, dry mouth, hormonal changes, injury to the mouth and infection, Collins said.
Poor Oral Hygiene Can Cause Itchy Gums
According to the World Health Organization, up to 90 percent of school-age children and close to 100 percent of adults have dental cavities, often caused by poor oral hygiene, among other risk factors. Cavities aren’t the only sign of poor oral hygiene, however.
“Gum disease is a big problem in the United States and all over the world,” Collins said. “It’s almost always caused by poor oral hygiene and results in inflamed, swollen gums that can sometimes cause an itchy feeling. If left untreated it can ultimately lead to tooth loss and bone loss.”
The most important thing is to treat it early before damage becomes permanent, suggested Collins.
“Gums shouldn’t be bleeding or itching; if they are, you need to see your dentist,” he said.
Itching Gums Could Be Caused By an Allergy
Itching is a very common symptom of an allergy. This can be caused by an allergic reaction to a food, product or even medication. Itching gums caused by an allergy can also be due to something called oral allergy syndrome.
“Oral allergy syndrome is usually caused by an allergy to trees, grasses, weeds or foods,” Collins said. “Symptoms include itching of the throat, mouth, lips and tongue sometimes accompanied by swelling.”
The best way to find out exactly what is causing itching gums when it’s allergy related is to see a medical professional to help with diagnosis and treatment.
Dry Mouth Can Cause Gum Itchiness
Spit isn’t something most people spend much time thinking about, but when your body stops making enough saliva, it can be a problem. Saliva not only keeps the mouth moist, but also helps jump-start the digestive process and protects the teeth and gums. Certain medical conditions and certain medications can alter the amount of saliva being produced.
The medications that cause dry mouth are very commonly used to treat a variety of well-known medical conditions. The good news is, many of those prescriptions can be substituted for others that don’t cause this annoying and potentially harmful side effect.
If itchy gums are a problem, the best place to start is your daily oral hygiene routine. The American Dental Association recommends brushing teeth twice a day and flossing daily. If symptoms continue, it’s best to see a dental professional to rule out anything more serious that may need treatment.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-532-1111