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!

7 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