Gum (Periodontal) Disease

Frequently Asked Questions

11. What are the symptoms of gum disease?

People are not often aware they have gum disease until it is advanced. Any of these symptoms may be a sign of a serious problem and should be checked by a dentist.

  • bad breath that won't go away
  • red or swollen gums
  • tender or bleeding gums
  • painful chewing
  • loose teeth
  • sensitive teeth
  • receding gums or longer appearing teeth

Sometimes gum disease has no clear symptoms.