Tooth / Gum Pain

Tooth / Gum Pain​

Have oral pain that won't go away?

 Tooth and/or gum pain can have a big impact on your daily life. If you have any of the following, it’s important that you come in right away:

  • A toothache that lasts longer than one or two days
  • Severe pain 
  • A fever and/or earache
  • Pain when you open your mouth wide
  • Swelling in the mouth or face
Tooth Pain

Tooth pain can be caused by small things like a piece of food stuck in your gum to a more serious issue like a cracked tooth or infection. While some toothaches will come from temporary irritation, it can also be a sign that there is something wrong that needs treatment.

Toothache symptoms:

  • Pain that may be sharp, throbbing, or constant
  • Pain when biting or chewing
  • Swelling around the tooth
  • Headache or fever
  • Foul-smelling breath
  • Bad-tasting drainage from a tooth
Gum Pain

Periodontal disease refers to the disease of your gums and the surrounding bones and tissue in your mouth. Bacteria and plaque accumulates in tiny pockets around teeth and over time it hardens into tartar or calculus. This then affects the gums and can spread under the gums into the bones and tissue if not removed by an oral hygiene professional.

Symptoms of periodontal/gum disease include:

  • Bleeding of the gums when brushing or flossing
  • Swollen, puffy gums that are bright red
  • Gums receding causing sensitive teeth
  • A foul taste or odour coming from a part of your mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Teeth drifting and/or loosening and new gaps developing between teeth
  • A change in how your teeth feel when you bite down
  • Pain when eating or chewing


Yes. Regular dental visits are an essential part of taking care of your general health. The hygienist and dentist will determine what your treatment needs are. Regular cleanings will assist with early detection and prevention of gum related issues, including ‘gingivitis’. 

Gingivitis is the initial phase of gum disease; the signs of gingivitis are red gums which bleed when brushed and flossed. It is reversible with good oral hygiene and treatment by your dental hygienist. Prevention is always very important with most oral health issues and more so with gum disease.

Inadequate brushing and flossing, smoking and diabetes are some causes of periodontal disease. Other causes include genetics, hormonal changes, or nutritional deficiencies.

Treatment may be performed by a periodontist, a dentist or a dental hygienist. Treatments vary from deep cleaning and scaling to gum surgery, depending on the severity of the condition. Periodontal disease should be diagnosed by an oral care professional at expatdental®. Regular cleaning, flossing is vital to stop the disease getting worse. Avoid smoking, chewing tobacco or nicotine vaping and avoid excessive alcohol.

Almost all aspects of gum disease can be treated in one of our two clinics, by our well-trained oral care staff and dentists. However, if a patient has a more advanced case of gum disease, the dentist will make the decision to refer to a Periodontist.
Yes. There can be other reasons to have bad breath, but if you have gum disease, you will have bad breath.

A deep cleaning is referring to more advanced forms of cleaning when the dental hygienist needs to clean bacteria, tarter and other debris that has built up under the gum line.

No. Our skilled staff will always make sure to treat you with skill and compassion to work towards helping you achieve good oral health.


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