Warning Signs

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, can often go undetected until the problem is in an advanced stage. Knowing the signs of a potential problem can save you from a serious infection or losing a tooth. Following are key warning signs of gum disease:

  • Swollen, red or tender gums
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Bleeding when brushing, flossing or eating food
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding gums or gums that are pulling away from teeth
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus between gums and teeth
  • Sores in the mouth
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when biting
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures