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Why are my gums itchy and red?

I am a 17-year-old male with itchy and red gums and I want the pain to stop. Why are my gums itchy and red?

7 Answers

Itchy red gum is a sign of an infection. You should see a dentist for a dental cleaning to remove any plaque and bacteria that are causing the irritation.
Don't change your toothpaste a lot.

It depends on the location of the area that is itchy. If it’s the back of the jaw, then it could possibly indicate that your wisdom teeth are coming through the gum. If it’s an anterior area, it could indicate a periodontal condition that needs to be evaluated by a dental professional.
You most likely need a cleaning. You should definitely schedule an appointment with your, dentist, right away. There are a few things that can help at home but only after you've had a thorough cleaning. Your dentist or hygienist can go over home care instructions with you. It is important to have a cleaning soon, periodontal problems (gum problems) only tend to get worse when they go untreated.
Your gums are inflamed with plaque and calculus which is plaque that hardens up over time. You need to see your dentist to remove the build up and then go over oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing to help prevent your gums from inflammation. You have gingivitis and brushing 2x a day for 2 minutes and flossing will help keep gums healthy but you need to get a dental cleaning to remove the build up for there to a change.
Itchy and red gums may be due to an allergy or can be a result of inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). See a dentist to finds ways to treat your condition.
If you are 17 years of age and you stated your gums are red and itchy and they hurt, you should see your dentist. How have you been taking care of your teeth? Are you flossing and brushing correctly daily? Do you have a bad taste or mouth odor? Are your gums bleeding? Until you see your dentist, rinse your mouth with warm salt water. 1/2 teaspoon salt in an 8 oz glass of warm water. Make sure the water isn't hot; you don't want to burn your mouth. If you can touch your gums, you may not be able to use a toothbrush. Wash your hands and take some gauze 2 ×2's. Dip the gauze in warm salt water and gently wipe your gum line. Start in the back upper and lower and move towards your front teeth. After you do one area, throw that gauze out and take fresh two pieces. For right now, throw your old toothbrush out. Is anyone where you live having similar problems? Young patients sometimes "borrow" someone's toothbrush. You need to see your dentist so that you can have your gums treated. You may need special rinses or medication. Once you have your situation treated, get on a good home care routine. Ask how to floss and brush correctly. Patients believe that they can treat all dental problems themselves. We can't take care of our cavities and gum problems. Learn how to take care of your teeth. Flossing and brushing correctly will make you feel better. Seeing your dentist to have your mouth checked is to take care of problems before they turn into bigger ones.