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How to help soothe gum irritation
Updated: 7/26/2011 9:00:12 PM

Individuals with gum irritation may consider switching their toothpaste Individuals who experience pain in their mouths are often quick to take measures that may help relieve discomfort since this can affect eating, speaking and concentration.

A recent article published by HealthDay News highlighted several things that can contribute to painful gum problems and how individuals can minimize their discomfort.

One of the most common type of oral pain results from swollen gums, which can occur during pregnancy, as a side effect of medication or as a symptom of gum disease.

The news provider explained that certain substances like tobacco, some mouthwashes or alcohol may exacerbate gum problems, so individuals with sensitive gums may consider steering clear of these products.

People who experience gum sensitivity may test out different toothpastes to determine whether the brand that they currently use is a potential source of the problem, the news source suggested.

Individuals with gum problems should make an appointment with their dental care providers to ensure that they obtain a proper diagnosis and treatment if they have gum disease.

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, nearly 9 percent of U.S. adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have periodontal disease.

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