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 (halitosis)Pain during chewingSignificant dental plaqueLoose teethShrunken, receding gum lineSwelling of face and jawPockets or gaps between the teeth and the gumsAbscesses, or pockets of infectionPus oozing from the gums or between the teeth
Periodontal (gum) diseases. American Dental Association website. Available at:
Updated March 2005. Accessed April 23, 2009.
Last reviewed September 2013 by Michael Woods, MD
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