Why Do My Lower Gums Hurt?

Published: October 31, 2016
Dear TeenHealthFX,

Why do my lower gums near my last molar tooth hurt?

Signed: Why Do My Lower Gums Hurt?

Dear Why Do My Lower Gums Hurt?,

One common reason for irritated or swollen gums is gingivitis, a common and mild form of gum disease. Gingivitis usually occurs as a result of poor hygiene – not flossing daily, brushing twice a day or getting regular check-ups with the dentist every 6 months. If your gums are irritated near the back of your mouth it is possible that those back teeth and gums are not being cleaned as well as the rest of your mouth. Another possibility could involve your wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth, which are the last molars to come in, can also cause pain in the gums near the back of your mouth.

The pain you are feeling could be due to gingivitis, impacted molars or possibly another cause. Since TeenHealthFX cannot diagnose over the internet, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with your dentist. He/she can examine the area, determine what is causing the pain, and then make recommendations of how to treat the issue and alleviate your symptoms.

If you don’t have a dentist you can ask for a referral from your primary care physician, contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers, ask for a referral from a friend or family member, or use the ADA (American Dental Association) Find a Dentist search feature.

Signed: TeenHealthFX