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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Gum (Periodontal) Disease. NIH SeniorHealth website. Available at: http://nihseniorhealth.gov/periodontaldisease/riskfactorsandprevention/01.html. Accessed August 17, 2016.
Periodontal Disease. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/OralHealth/periodontal_disease/. 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: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm#howDoI. Accessed August 17. 2016.
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