Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease is called the silent disease because it does not usually manifest itself as pain. People are not alerted to the disease process until it is in its advanced stages, usually when teeth become loose and at risk of being lost. Fortunately, there are early warning signs and symptoms that can help make you aware that you might have periodontal disease and to seek care as soon as possible.

  • Red, swollen and/or tender gums
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating hard foods
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Drainage between your gums and teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • A change in the fit of your dentures
  • Gums that are receding or pulling away from your teeth

Self Assessment of Gum Disease Risk

The American Academy of Periodontolgys (AAP) website, www.perio.org, has an interactive self-assessment tool that can help you determine your risk for developing or having periodontal disease.