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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

Revision Information

  • Gum disease. American Dental Association Mouth Healthy website. Available at: Accessed July 27, 2011.

  • Gum disease symptoms. American Academy of Periodontology website. Available at: Accessed July 27, 2011.

  • Periodontal (gum) disease: Causes, symptoms, and treatments. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website. Available at: Updated March 2011. Accessed July 27, 2011.

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