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If you’re suffering gum pain, you’re probably wondering why. Unfortunately, there are a few things that can cause gum pain—some are big and some are small. Oftentimes, the small cause can be something stuck in your gums or between your teeth. The big causes can be something along the lines of:

-Gingivitis: This is the first period of periodontal (gum) disease. It develops when you fail to remove plaque from your teeth on a regular basis. As time goes on, the plaque irritates the gums, making them swollen and red. It even makes the gums bleed when you brush, floss, and eat.

-Periodontitis: This is the second period of periodontal disease. It develops when you let gingivitis get worse. This period irritates the gums so much that they move away from the teeth and create pockets. Infection forms in these pockets because food debris and bacteria get trapped there.

-Wisdom teeth impaction: Wisdom teeth are third molars that do not try to erupt until you’re a young adult. If they try to grow into place without having enough space in the mouth, they can become impacted. This causes major discomfort in the gums and jaw.

For more information and details about how to determine the cause of your gum pain in Harvey, Louisiana, please reach out to our dental team at Barré Dental Care when you have the chance. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Barton Barré, if you think a dangerous problem is causing the pain. We look forward to helping you!