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A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of rotting gum disease?

6 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Hicks
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Rotting gums: Red gums gum infections tooth abscesses, pain, halitosis.
Dr. Abel Loredo
Dentistry 37 years experience
Gum Disease: First sign of gum disease is something as simple as blood in your toothbrush. Most people ignore this because there is usually no pain associated with gum disease until it is on the advance stage. Tooth movement or drifting creating gaps between teeth, gum recession and bad breath are also signs of the disease. The only way to diagnose it is to have a full periodontal examination by a dentist.
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Bleeding...: Bleeding after brushing or flossing, puffy swollen gums, mouth odor, bone loss on x-rays, gum pocket measurements of 5 or larger upon probing. Bleeding upon probing.
Dr. Phillip Frist
Dentistry 46 years experience
Poor hygiene: Lets face it these conditions don't get there by brushing daily and using floss daily. I doubt that an atrocius diet could be at fault for these gum problems, if so you would be complaining of a multitude of cavities. See your dentist and get on a proper hygiene regimen if you are serious about keeping your teeth and staying healthy.
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 30 years experience
Dental exam: You may notice a fetid odor or loosening teeth or the gum tissue between your teeth will get gray or white and flatten; but the only sure diagnosis is from a periodontal exam and x-rays with your dentist.
Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 25 years experience
MAY BE SILENT...: Gum disease is often called a 'silent' disease--most people show little or no symptoms. This is one of the many reasons why you should see a dentist often so gum disease can be detected sooner than later. While silent, gum disease gradually spread from the gum to the bone, then into the blood and all over the remaining body, infecting the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver and even the brain.

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What are the main symptoms of gum disease?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Varies: It may not have any symptoms. The usual symptoms are bleeding from gums, bad breath, loosening or loss of teeth.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the most typical symptoms of gum disease in adults?

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Dr. Stanley Lin
Dentistry 17 years experience
Bleeding gums: Bleeding gums with brushing or flossing, pain or tenderness in the gums, inflamed (puffy) gums, gum recession, gums that are not firmly attached to the teeth, bad breath, excessive plaque and tartar buildup along the gum-line.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of early gum disease before it gets bad?

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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Redness: Look at your gums.Are they red?Do you see pus?These are signs you have periodontal disease.If so please see a dentist.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of gum disease in otherwise healthy nonsmokers?

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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Redness,pus,pain: If you are not seeing a dentist at least once a year you are neglecting your health.Oral health is linked to many other major problems and most be attended to;please see a dentist.

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