Symptoms of periodontal disease may include:
Red, swollen, puffy gumsTendency for gums to bleed, particularly with tooth brushing and flossingTender, sore gumsTooth sensitivity to temperature extremesPersistent bad breath—halitosisPain during chewingSignificant dental plaqueLoose teethShrunken, receding gum lineSwelling of face and jawPockets or gaps between the teeth and the gumsAbscesses, or pockets of infectionA change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
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Last reviewed September 2016 by Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
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