Cuts on your gums can be quite painful, and may take up to two weeks or more to heal. This is a fairly common dental issue that can have a number of causes. Of course, if your gums are cut up and do not seem to be healing normally, or has an unusual appearance, see your dentist right away for an oral cancer screening.
What causes cut gums?
There are a number of things that can cause to you develop cuts on your gums. One of the most common causes is using a toothbrush with bristles that are too hard, or using improper brushing techniques. It is important that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush that has been approved by the American Dental Association. While you may be tempted to use a brush with harder bristles, these aren’t necessary for removing ordinary plaque and tartar buildup. Even medium bristled brushes can irritate and cause cuts on your gums.
When brushing, it is important that you don’t try to “scrub” your teeth clean. Instead, gently massage the food debris and plaque buildup from your teeth using a gentle, circular motion. You should never apply extra pressure when brushing; this doesn’t help remove the buildup any better and can cause damage to both your teeth and your gums.
The second most common cause of guts and irritation on your gums is gingivitis, more commonly known as gum disease. This condition can cause your gums to become swollen and irritated, making it far more easily for damage to occur when you brush or floss. Try rinsing your mouth three times per day with warm salt water. You will also want to visit your dentist; they can provide you with prescription antibiotics in order to treat any infection that may be present.
How can I help a cut on my gums heal more quickly?
You may want to apply an anesthetic gel over the area on your gums to relieve the pain and protect it from any further damage. You can also rinse your mouth several times a day with warm salt water to prevent infection. An antiseptic mouthwash may also help.
Until your gums are healed, you’ll want to avoid causing further irritation and damage. Avoid using tobacco products, and steer clear of spicy foods until your gums have healed. If infection is a concern, visit your dentist so that they can prescribe an antibiotic to help prevent any infection. This may also help your gums heal more quickly.