Signs and Symptoms

The symptoms of periodontal disease often are not obvious; but the condition is not entirely without warning signs. Few symptoms include:

  • Tender, swollen, or red gums
  • Gums bleed during and after tooth brushing
  • Gum recession
  • Bad odor / halitosis or bad taste in the mouth
  • Food impaction in areas of deep pockets formed between teeth and gums
  • Loosening and shifting of teeth, or increase in spacing between teeth.
  • Abscesses (pus oozing from the gums)
  • Sensitivity or Pain in teeth due to exposure of the roots by gum disease

Some degree of gum diseases persists without any symptoms and some individuals have gum disease only around few teeth such as the back teeth, which they can’t see. Only a dentist or a periodontist can recognize and determine the sequence of gum disease.