Why Do I Have Sensitive Gums?

Do your gums hurt when you eat sweet foods? When you brush your gums, do they bleed? Sensitive gums are a painful yet common oral health issue that many people face. Our team can treat patients with sensitive gums in Pomona, NY.

There can be multiple causes for the sensitive gum tissue, from aggressive brushing to medical conditions and even gum disease. We welcome our patients to learn more about targeting gum sensitivity and improving their oral health.

Treat Sensitive Gums in Pomona, New York

Causes and Solutions: Sensitive Gums in Pomona, NY

Discover more about the causes of gum sensitivity and how we address gum problems in our office:

Aggressive Brushing

If you brush your teeth and gums too hard, you can experience gum pain and sensitivity. Using a hard-bristled brush can also damage your gums and wear down your tooth enamel. Brushing aggressively and/or using hard-bristled brushes can lead to bleeding gums and sensitive or irritated gum tissue.

Use soft-bristled toothbrushes and toothpaste that do not use abrasive ingredients like charcoal. Abrasive toothpastes not only wear down the tooth enamel but can also irritate gum tissue.

If you notice large areas of tooth wear or receded gum tissue, contact our office. We may recommend dental bonding or veneers to cover your teeth. Our team will also recommend that you brush with a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive toothpaste.


If you have diabetes, you are more at risk of developing gum problems. This is because too much glucose (sugar) in your saliva attracts harmful bacteria. Please inform us of any health conditions like diabetes before you visit our office for care.

We may recommend more frequent dental visits so we can perform thorough dental cleanings. During routine cleanings, we use stainless steel dental tools that remove hardened plaque, also known as calculus or tartar, from the teeth and gums.

Gum Infection

Sensitive, red, and bleeding gums are common symptoms of gingivitis or gum inflammation. Gingivitis is a precursor to gum disease, also known as periodontitis. Once patients develop gum disease, they experience more severe symptoms that can include pain when eating and drinking, gum inflammation, and gum recession.

We recommend regular professional dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar buildup on the gum tissue. Plaque is a bacterial film that hardens into tartar or calculus. Removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums can minimize symptoms and help reverse gum damage. We will recommend laser therapy or a gingivectomy if patients have gum disease.

Do you have chronic gum pain and sensitivity? Call Cosmetic Dentistry Associates for treatment today at (845) 241-0656. You may also schedule a dental appointment with our experienced dental team online. We’re here to help treat your dental problems and create beautiful smiles that last a lifetime. Please let us know if you have questions about your care; we will be glad to assist you.