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Health Tip: Warning Signs of Gum Disease

Health Tip: Warning Signs of Gum Disease

03/29/12

(HealthDay News) -- Periodontal disease affects the thin crevice between the gums and teeth called the sulcus. This causes the attachment of the tooth and nearby tissue to disintegrate, causing a pocket that becomes deeper as the disease worsens.

The American Dental Association says warning signs of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding that's easily triggered from the gums.
  • Gums that are sore or tender, swollen or red.
  • Gums that recede from the teeth.
  • Frequent bad taste or bad breath.
  • Permanent teeth that feel loose or feel like they're separating from the gums.
  • Changes in alignment of the teeth or dentures.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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