Symptoms of periodontal disease 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
- Loose teeth
- Shrunken, receding gum line
- Pockets or gaps between the teeth and the gums
- Abscesses, or pockets of infection
- Pus oozing from the gums or between the teeth
Periodontal (gum) diseases. American Dental Association website. Available at:
http://www.ada.org/. Updated March 2005. Accessed April 23, 2009.
Last reviewed September 2012 by Michael Woods, MD
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