by Carson-DeWitt R

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 temperature extremes
  • 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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