Signs of Periodontal Disease

In addition to proper oral care, a well-balanced diet, and adequate trips to the dentist, it is also important to identify the signs and symptoms of oral disease when they start, thereby increasing your chances of reversing the process that ultimately results in tooth loss.

While a healthy mouth has clean teeth, few, if any, cavities, and firm, pink gums, an unhealthy mouth may look, feel, and behave differently while brushing and flossing. While a dentist can accurately identify the beginning stages of periodontal disease during a routine oral exam, it is crucial that you look out for the following early signs and symptoms:

  • Bleeding during brushing
  • Swollen, red, or tender gums
  • Gums that appear to be receding
  • Bad breath that does not go away
  • An unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • Gums that appear to be receding
  • Teeth that are shifting or feel loose
  • Noticeable changes in your bite or the way teeth touch
  • Pockets that form between teeth and gums
  • Visible pus seen when pressing down on teeth and gums
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold while eating and/or drinking