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 very hot or very cold food or liquid
  • 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
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
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References:

Gum (Periodontal) Disease. NIH SeniorHealth website. Available at:
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Accessed August 17. 2016.
Gum disease symptoms. American Academy of Periodontology website. Available at: https://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease-symptoms.htm. Accessed August 17. 2016..
Periodontal Disease. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at:
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Updated March 10, 2015. Accessed August 17. 2016.

Periodontal (gum) disease: Causes, symptoms, and treatments. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website. Available at:
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Updated September 2013. Accessed August 17. 2016.
Last reviewed September 2017 by Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
Last Updated: 11/1/2017

 

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