Reprinted from the American Academy of Periodontology website.
You may not realize that persistent swollen, red or bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity, and bad breath are warning signs of periodontal (gum) disease – a serious infection that, left untreated, can lead to tooth loss.
Jot down your answers to the following questions to find out if you have the symptoms of periodontal disease.
- Do you ever have pain in your mouth?
- Do your gums ever bleed when you brush your teeth or when you eat hard food?
- Have you noticed any spaces developing between your teeth?
- Do your gums ever feel swollen or tender?
- Have you noticed that your gums are receding (pulling back from your teeth) or your teeth appear longer than before?
- Do you have persistent bad breath?
- Have you noticed pus between your teeth and gums?
- Have you noticed any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite?
- Do you ever develop sores in your mouth?
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If you have any of these symptoms of periodontal disease, take action to protect your gums and your health.
- Don't let periodontal disease take away your smile. If you answered yes to any of these questions, consult a periodontist right away -- and help save your natural teeth!
- If you've already lost a tooth to periodontal disease, you may be interested in dental implants -- the permanent tooth replacement option.