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Sunday, October 09, 2011

Why does it feel "good" to hurt your gums and teeth?

Found on the Internet: Right now I'm idly sticking a toothpick between two of my molars, really jamming it in there so it squeezes against the gums and the flesh between the teeth. It hurts, but it's also quite pleasurable. I know I'm not alone in this either - other people have said they feel the same way.

When I was a kid and I'd get a loose tooth, I'd just keep wiggling and wiggling it until eventually it came out. Because I liked the sensation of it. It's hard to put into words. It's definitely pain. But I wouldn't just prick my arm with a toothpick for no reason. I don't get any pleasure out of that whatsoever, nor on any other part of my body. But for some reason, poking my gums with sharp objects makes me feel good.

Why is this?

And it's not so much the outer areas of the gums - it's really just the parts of the gums that are right between or around the teeth.

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The Wizard's best guess: I would think it's similar to the endorphin release that some folks who are cutters,(I admit I am a cutter - though haven't cut in a long while), who deliberately cause pain to release endorphins, causing pleasure. For me it was because that was ALL I could feel, without the pain, I felt nothing. This is not uncommon for bi-polar folks like me... So, generally, on those people whose gums have receded, exposing more of the inside of the gum to the acids in the mouth, results in swollen gums. These then in turn hurt when massaged or poked with a toothpick, for example, creating pain, which then releases endorphins, to mask the pain. Kind of like your own built in pain killer. This also may happen when you get your teeth cleaned.

Well that's my 2 cents. Have a different opinion? Make a comment!

18 comments:

sarahc said...

I'm not sure about the depression/bi-polar angle...

Perhaps it's evolutionary?

Perhaps stimulating blood flow? Perhaps it exercises the gums to harden them up for eating when teeth are lost? Perhaps it's to get people to "floss" naturally?

sarah@untamed.co.uk

Anonymous said...

I do it too, I'm 45 and I used to poke my gums until they bled, then I'd put peroxide on the sore parts and watch it bubble, ir was sensational. my teeth would sometimes loosen up from my constant gum annihilation and I would push them and when they made that cracking sound it was almost orgasmic. Unfortunately I had all my teeth removed and now wear a denture, I haven't poked my gums for years but I really miss it

Milo Jensen said...

I find poking my gums when they're sore or agitated from hydrogen peroxide an absolute rush without equal. Not sure if it's a chemical (endorphin) thing or purely psychological but yes you're not alone. The closest thing I can compare it to is eating hot peppers. They make you tear And you're not sure you can stand the intensity any longer. if a part of my gums are inflamed from rubbing against hard bread crust or something, then poking it with a toothpick is yes, pretty much orgasmic.

Anonymous said...

I'm using a tooth pick right now between my two molars and it feels awesome. I find myself pushing the toothpick upward with more pressure to my gums. it feels like an itchy pleasurable pain. I'm guessing kind of like when your feet are really sore and someone massages them and it tickles and feels sore and good at the same time. like you can barely take it oh but you can lol. felt so good on my gums that I had to see if anyone else had the same sensations I have on my gums right now lol. weird I know.

desiree ellis said...

I pick my gums right in between the teeth and it hurts but it feels so good.. I have no clue if its bad for my teeth. I stick any thing small enough and bite down. I try and stop but I cant. Im doing it right the sec. I really would like to kno how to stop.

misswiggles said...

Im glad to know so many share this behavior. I use the bristles of a toothbrush to cut into large areas around several teeth at a time. There is a rush of "it hurts so good" feeling that I am addicted to. Mouth wash rinsing helps in between picking sessions. I also soak my toothbrush in it to keep it clean. The more pain the better. I feel relaxed, almost sleepy after an intense picking session.

jake Stokes said...

I've had my tongue priced 3 times now and each time I get it done feels better then the last and I also can't stop wiggling my teeth and doing other stuff to hurt my gums but it feels so good I'm glad I'm not alone on this I mean its not like I'm depressed or ever was a cutter it's only the oral pain feels so wonderful I think I need help

KD said...

I'm reading all of your comments and I'm so happy I'm not the only one. I really can't remember when I started. I was probably 8 years old or so, but I started biting my nails and using it to prod endlessly in between my teeth. It's such a weird pain. It's so hard to describe. I go as far as that nail can go, and rip it out as fast as I can just to feel that gum pain. Then I'd just suck up the blood and start again until I've completely destroyed the nail. Sometimes I leave the nail in my tooth overnight. Wow I'm weird, but I'm glad I'm not alone. I'm even doing it right now as I type!!

Unknown said...

This is so funny because as I'm reading all these comments I'm picking my gums. I love sticking something sharp up between two teeth and slowly dragging it out at an angle. It feels like heaven and my whole body gets the chills. I love it. I tell myself to stop doing it but once I start I do it for an hour at least. I just close my eyes and pick and it's honestly awesome. I don't think it has anything to do with depression...its just this awesome painful feeling lol. I probably should stop though because I don't want to mess anything up. Maybe just a few more times....

Anonymous said...

I have done this too. I bought dental picks and picked at my gums. The pain would make me get aroused if I did it too long. Unfortunately, I've lost all my teeth too. But I also press on sore areas that I find, anywhere on my body.

Anonymous said...

I have done this too. I bought dental picks and picked at my gums. The pain would make me get aroused if I did it too long. Unfortunately, I've lost all my teeth too. But I also press on sore areas that I find, anywhere on my body.

Dario said...

Yea pretty crazy I get the exact same feeling.. I love those new dental floss picks well fairly new I love to floss hard and press in between my teeth really hard it's like some kind of rush almost similar to when you organs but not really even close to as intense ... I even had times since I can remember I would bite a toothpick in half long ways to be able to stick it in between my teeth then bite Down and get it stuck in there the more pain the better it feels it definitely has to be some kind of release of other pain maybe from stress or just the nerves around there are wired to the plain and pleasure centers in the brain... Idk i feel i can control it I try not to go overboard and usually just do it now as I floss my teeth a dentist once told me if your gums bleed it's a great way to make them stronger bc of the increased blood flow to them and eventually they'll bleed less and less you don't want them bleeding ridiculously bc that could be a sign of gum disease... Idk glad I'm not alone def one of those weird things about the human body and brain that is really hard to figure out and explain! Happy pricking haha

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness I love it sooooo much! I would be devastated if my dentist told me that it was going to cause problems down the road because I don't know if I could actually stop. LOL thank you for everybody's honesty. It's nice to be vulnerable and know you're not alone. ;-)

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Christopher Mannoia said...

Hey, please don't think I'm weird, but once, when having sex with my girlfriend, she stuck a dental probe into my upper gum right when I was beginning to orgasm; I have NEVER had an orgasm like that! God, I almost passed out it was so awesome!

SAm Just sam said...

Here's another level of weirdness: on top of LOVING the gum pain, i always smell the bristled pick (instrument of maximum pleasure just so yall know) and shudder with pleasure at the rotten smelling plaque. Ugh it's so weird but i cant help it. Don't judge me.

Anonymous said...

I have purposely not gone to the dentist. I have a big cavity on one of my molars and it's beyond repair. I like the feeling when I put pressure on it with my tongue and stretch the tooth outward as to almost break. I liked when my teeth would fall as a kid and wish it could happen all over again. I'm glad I'm not the only one.

Princess Pink Eye said...

I'm the exact same way, unfortunately the urge to cause pain to my gums has increased over the last few months. It's gotten to the point where I just wanna pull my teeth out. I'll never do it though, for obvious reasons...