Does Gum Disease Hurt?

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Healthy Teeth vs Periodontal DiseasePeriodontal Disease Can Be Painless

One of the reasons gum disease is such a problem is that it progresses gradually, often with no pain during the initial stages.

So how can you tell if you’re affected? Have a look at some of the symptoms:

  • Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing – No amount of bleeding is normal.
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums – Redness can be a sign of irritation or infection. Gums should be a healthy shade of pink or coral.
  • Bad breath – Gum disease can be a major contributing factor to persistent bad breath (halitosis).
  • Gum recession – Unhealthy gum tissue may begin to recede and pull away from the tooth.
  • Loose permanent teeth – As periodontal disease progresses, it can further break down the gum and connective tissues that hold teeth in place.
  • Teeth fit differently when biting – Any noticeable difference in your mouth should be investigated, including changes to bite/alignment of teeth, partial dentures, or other restorations which may have loosened or shifted due to gum disease.

If you have one or more of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment to be evaluated for periodontal disease.

About the Author:

Born in Allentown Pennsylvania, into a family of musicians, Rob Pearce grew up studying violin, percussion, jazz arranging and composition. After two years at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he transfer to the pre-dental program at the University of Miami and later moved to San Francisco where he earned his Doctorate in Dentistry (DDS) from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 1990. For the past twenty eight years he has focused his efforts on mastering the art of high quality, long lasting “metal free dentistry,” a concept that was relatively new at the time but over the years has gained powerful momentum. In 2014 Dr. Pearce became a member of the “Visiting Faculty” of Spear Education, arguably the most prestigious dental continuing education program in the world. As a Spear Open Wide Foundation Ambassador, Dr. Pearce and his team travel to Guatemala to provide metal free dentistry to those who would otherwise receive no dental treatment at all. Dr. Pearce and Annette Rig were honored, and lucky enough to treat the very first patient at the Foundation’s first clinic in 2012. Since then, with the outpouring of support from our member dentists and American equipment manufacturers, we now have six clinics and have treated over 200,000 patients in need! The foundation’s goals include helping improve the education of Guatemala dentists. In 2015, as a member of the Education Development Committee, Dr. Pearce presented an all day lecture and workshop for the faculty and students at the Galvez School of Dentistry in Guatemala City.