• Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

    Symptoms of periodontal disease 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
    • Loose teeth
    • Shrunken, receding gum line
    • Pockets or gaps between the teeth and the gums
    • Abscesses, or pockets of infection
    • Pus oozing from the gums or between the teeth


    Gum disease: what you need to know. American Academy of Periodontology website. Available at: http://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease.htm . Updated May 2008. Accessed April 23, 2009.

    Periodontal (gum) disease. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website. Available at: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/GumDisease/ . Updated December 2008. Accessed April 23, 2009.

    Periodontal (gum) diseases. American Dental Association website. Available at: http://www.ada.org/ . Updated March 2005. Accessed April 23, 2009.

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