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About Gum Disease

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Symptoms

There are various types, or classes, of gum disease. Chronic gum disease is the most common class, affecting mostly adults. You can and should check yourself for the warning signs of gum disease. You may, however, have gum disease that has spread to the bone without any symptoms whatsoever. Most people do not experience any pain as a result of gum disease and, as a result, it often goes undetected. It is important to have regular dental checkups, including a periodontal examination.

The warning signs of gum disease include
  • Swollen gums.
  • Bright red or purplish gums.
  • Gums that feel tender when touched.
  • Gums that recede from your teeth, making your teeth appear longer.
  • New spaces between your teeth.
  • Pus between your teeth and gums.
  • Bad breath.
  • Bad taste in your mouth.
  • Loose teeth.
  • A change in the way that your teeth fit together when you bite.