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Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Symptoms of periodontal disease may include:
- Red, swollen, puffy gums
- Tendency for gums to bleed, particularly with tooth brushing and flossing
- Tender, sore gums
- Tooth sensitivity to temperature extremes
- Persistent bad breath—halitosis
- Pain during chewing
- Significant dental plaque
- Loose teeth
- Shrunken, receding gum line
- Swelling of face and jaw
- Pockets or gaps between the teeth and the gums
- Abscesses, or pockets of infection
- Pus oozing from the gums or between the teeth
Gum disease. American Dental Association Mouth Healthy website. Available at: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/g/gum-disease. Accessed July 27, 2011.
Gum disease symptoms. American Academy of Periodontology website. Available at: https://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease-symptoms.htm. Accessed July 27, 2011.
Periodontal (gum) disease: Causes, symptoms, and treatments. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website. Available at: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm#howDoI. Updated March 2011. Accessed July 27, 2011.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2015
- Update Date: 09/17/2014