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
- Pus oozing from the gums or between the teeth
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