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What causes a soreness in gum?

Hi, my 10 year old son is complaining of sore gums (mainly his upper teeth) and his gums appear to be quite red.
What does this mean? He has had only 2 cavities and the dentist says he has a very"low"degree of decay compared to other children his age.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014
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Hi! Welcome to Healthcaremagic.
I read your query. As you mentioned the soreness is in upper gums mainly. Check for deep cavity or plaque calculus in affected area. If yes, it requires RCT or scaling.
If no, this can be due to habit of mouth breathing. Observe if he has a habit. Get him checked by an ENT for blocked nasal passages or enlarged adenoids.
You can also visit a dentist and get him an appliance made to break the habit of mouth breathing. Maintain oral hygiene. Apply gum paint to gums. Using Lidocain gel helps in reducing burning while eating. Give him multivitamin specially vitamin C.
Hope the answer helps you. Thank you!
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