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Why would my gums start hurting when I run?

Asked by ItalianPrincess1217 (11973points) April 27th, 2010 from iPhone

I went for a jog today (for the first time in a long time) and about half way through, my gums starting throbbing. Do you have any idea why this would happen? They still hurt and I’ve been done with my jog for about 15 minutes now.

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janbb's avatar

I would guess that you were clenching your teeth while you were running. I can think of no other reason.

chyna's avatar

@janbb I read that as “cleaning your teeth”. What? Haha.

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

@janbb Nope. Actually my mouth was pretty much open the whole time.

janbb's avatar

Cold air on your gums?

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

That could be…

Smashley's avatar

I’ve found that when I do prolonged cardio exercise, such as running or cycling, any currently untreated cavity tends to flare up with pain. I attribute it to the fact that my mouth dries out when I’m constantly breathing through it, and my saliva doesn’t coat and protect my mouth like normal. I’m no dentist, but perhaps this might have something to do with it?

chamelopotamus's avatar

Whenever I run I become the ultimate caveman because I spit a lot and it makes me have to poop, the point being that weird things can often happen to a person when they go for a run

savvykid29's avatar

Princess, are you missing any teeth? using braces?

ChaosCross's avatar

Your vains are likely still trans-versing blood to that sensitive vain of yours. I would get that throbbing checked, it could be a problem with clotting.

Jewel's avatar

Mine do that due to the roots of my upper teeth extending into my sinuses. It will even make my lower jaw, gums ans teeth throb. Just another idea!

gailcalled's avatar

@ChaosCross: You’re so vein; I bet you thought this question was about vanity.

(And how do veins trans-verse ( adjective and not a verb, BTW) blood? Blood is pumped by the heart and flows through veins, arteries, and even the teeny-weeny capillaries.

Zen_Again's avatar

Depends. Are you running on your gums?

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

@savvykid29 No. No missing teeth and no braces.
@Zen_Again Only sometimes.

andrew's avatar

This absolutely happens to me as well. It’s not related to clenching at all.

As far as I can tell, it has to do with increased blood flow.

@smashley Never had to do with my mouth drying out.

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

@andrew You’re probably right. It seems like it’s related to the increase in blood flow.

shilolo's avatar

Most likely it has to do with the increased blood flow to the gingiva (gums) during exercise ± some degree of underlying gingivitis that flares as a result. In @andrew‘s case, there is probably a contribution of halitosis ;-)

andrew's avatar

@shilolo Remind me never to invite you to a question again.

shilolo's avatar

@andrew Aww, c’mon.

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