Warning Signs of Gum Disease

Periodontitis is a silent disease. People with the disease rarely experience pain and may not be aware of the problem. Early stages of gum disease are seldom painful with a few warning signs. Some of the early warning signs are slight bleeding when you brush, gums getting a little soft, gums going from a firm pink color to a more reddish color. As the disease progresses you may notice more predominate signs like:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums or other pain in your mouth
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food
  • Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth, causing the teeth to look longer than before
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus between your gums and teeth
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures