Does Gum Disease Hurt?

Healthy Teeth VS Periodontal Disease

Periodontal 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 that 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 Dr. Jayson A. Chalmers

Jayson Chalmers was raised in Placerville, CA and graduated from El Dorado High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. He went on to receive his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. After practicing as an associate dentist in Napa, CA, Dr. Chalmers returned to Sacramento to be closer to friends and family. He began practicing in his current location in January 2005.   Knowing that patients want to have the best options and treatment available to them, Dr. Chalmers has completed many hours of advanced educational training in general, implant, orthodontic, and cosmetic dentistry. He continues to learn and incorporate many of the latest dental technologies in his practice. Through the use of intraoral cameras, digital x-rays and computer imaging he can immediately show and explain all treatment options to the patient.   Dr. Chalmers is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Sacramento District Dental Society, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and is involved in local dental study groups. Dr. Chalmers also is an active participant in Smiles for Kids, where free dental services are provided to local children in need.   Dr. Chalmers and his wife, Desirae, are the parents of Ella and Ava. They are an outgoing family and are very involved in the Arden-Arcade community. As a family, they enjoy tending to their chickens and organic garden, splashing around in the pool and traveling to beachside locations. Dr. Chalmers personal interests include camping and fishing and watching and playing most sports.

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