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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

Revision Information

  • Gum (Periodontal) Disease. NIH SeniorHealth website. Available at: Accessed August 17. 2016.

  • Gum disease symptoms. American Academy of Periodontology website. Available at: Accessed August 17. 2016..

  • Periodontal Disease. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: 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: Updated September 2013. Accessed August 17. 2016.