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Health Tip: Signs of Periodontal Disease

Health Tip: Signs of Periodontal Disease

04/24/13

(HealthDay News) -- Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues that surround the teeth. Potential risk factors include poor dental hygiene, smoking or chewing tobacco, and your family history of the disease.

The American Dental Association says potential warning signs of periodontal disease include:

  • Gums that bleed easily, or are swollen, red or tender.
  • Gums that are receding from the teeth.
  • Frequent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth.
  • Loosening or separating of permanent teeth.
  • A change in the way teeth align when you bite.
  • A change in the way dentures fit.
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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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