Lower gums very sore and bright red
I have recently encountered a problem with my lower gums that started at the beginning of this month. Whenever I drink anything mildly acidic such as orange juice I have a very painful burning sensation in my lower gumline. I noticed after a few days that my lower gums were turning bright red, however the upper gums did not change from their normal pink look. I feel that this is getting worse, and I worry that I may have some kind of gum disease. I have been using the Sonicare toothbrush since the beginning of January, and have followed its instructions on placing the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gumline and teeth. I know I am not brush terribly hard against the gums, but with all they hype about the Sonicare being such a great toothbrush, I wonder why I am encountering dental problems such as this now that I am using it!
I am really worried... I even started using Listerine mouthwash this week to see if it has any effect, since I know that it can help destroy a lot of the bacteria that form in microecosystems along the gums. The acidity is so unbearable that I can't even keep it in my mouth for the full 30 seconds! I know I need to see a dentist to get a complete and factual response, but I am currently away from home doing an internship in Wisconsin from January 06 - June 06, and it will be extremely inconvenient seeking out a new dentist here.
My question: Has anyone had the same problem that I have described before? And if so, what have you done on your own to fix or relieve the pain of having sensitive/sore gums?
Thank you kindly in advance for your response!!!