• 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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