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Kids Gums Can Hurt Even Without Teething

Posted on 8/22/2022 by Fariba Mutschler
Kids Gums Can Hurt Even Without TeethingTeething is one of the major causes of oral discomfort among children. The teething process also causes pain in the gums as the teeth emerge through them. However, sometimes, your kid's gums can hurt even without teething. This is because there are other causes of gum pain among children that you should know. Some of these causes include decay, gum disease, and tooth infections.


When a child has a decayed tooth, the pain could spread to the gums. Tooth decay is mainly caused by bacteria that accumulate on the tooth surface. Lack of proper oral care causes this accumulation that leads to decay. When your kid has this condition, they will experience severe toothache and gum pain. This condition can be quite uncomfortable and will need urgent treatment. Therefore, you should bring in your kid immediately you notice such signs.

Gum Disease

This is also another cause of gum pain in kids. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that affects the gums. This condition makes the gums sore and swollen. They will also be painful and sensitive to any touch. The main cause of gum disease in kids is eating sugary foods and lack of proper oral care. This is why it is important to maintain good oral hygiene in kids by regularly cleaning their teeth and gums. Remember to be gentle when cleaning their teeth because they are sensitive and highly susceptible to damage. You should also bring in your kid for further oral assessment.

Tooth Infections

Your kid's gums could also hurt due to tooth infections. For example, root infections could cause damage to the gum tissue surrounding it. As a result, the child will experience pain when this area is touched or exposed to heat. This is why it is important to treat tooth infections before they advance. Visit our offices for more information on the causes of gum pain in kids.
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