It starts with a tingle but soon can blossom into full-blown itching. If you have itchy gums, it’s time to figure out the culprit and discuss treatment. If you are concerned about not having dental insurance, talk to us about our Smile Savings Plan.



A feeling of itchy gums can be a sign of a mild allergic reaction. Due to the non-specific immune response of the body to some allergens, itchy gums can arise from seasonal allergy, pets, medications, food, or contact. Oddly, oral contact isn’t necessary with an item that you are allergic to, however some common culprits are vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, and some spices. It’s helpful if you cook all foods before eating them. Also, keep in mind that adults can develop new allergies later in life.



Plaque isn’t just unhealthy. It can also cause itchy gums when it builds up in your mouth. Our mouths are filled with bacteria, and eating certain foods encourages that bacteria to rest on top of your teeth, creating a film. That’s what plaque is. When bacteria from your mouth mixes with sugars and other bits of food, it causes a plaque buildup. Ever felt fuzzy teeth before? Yep, that’s plaque! Luckily, daily brushing keeps plaque away. However, if you’re skipping the brushing, or not being thorough in your teeth cleaning, the plaque will build up and make your gums feel tingly and itchy.

Post-Surgery Itchy Gums


As if it isn’t enough to go through oral surgery, you might then end up with itchy gums. No fun! However, the good news is that itchy gums, in this case, is a good sign. It’s a sign that your mouth is healing the way it should. Make sure never to give in and scratch your gums after oral surgery, though. It could really damage the soft and sensitive tissue before it gets a chance to heal. Instead, try rinsing with some warm saltwater to relieve the annoying itch.

Gum Disease


Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease that can cause itchy gums. Gum disease can cause gums to not only itch but also to swell up and even bleed.

Treatment and Prevention of Itchy Gums


Always brush and floss your teeth thoroughly several times a day. It’s much easier to prevent itchy gums than it is to treat them.

Because many allergens can cause itchy gums, you should check with your doctor for allergy tests so that you can figure out what exactly you are allergic to. Once you know, you can avoid it, and avoid the itchy gums altogether. But itchy gums can quickly escalate if you are super allergic to something. If you suddenly have trouble breathing, skip calling the dentist and get to the emergency room as soon as possible.

If you are experiencing itchy gums, make an appointment with us today by calling 317-745-4400. Taking care of your smile is our priority!

Disclaimer: The information included in this article is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.