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What are the main symptoms of gum disease?
20 doctors weighed in

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Gum Disease
The symptoms of gums disease are red puffy gums that bleed easily and bad breath.
Many times there is no pain.see a dentist or Periodontist ASAP for an evaluation.

In brief: Gum Disease
The symptoms of gums disease are red puffy gums that bleed easily and bad breath.
Many times there is no pain.see a dentist or Periodontist ASAP for an evaluation.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Dr. Mila Sorkin
Dentistry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Bleeding gums
Bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity, tooth mobility, bad breath.

In brief: Bleeding gums
Bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity, tooth mobility, bad breath.
Dr. Mila Sorkin
Dr. Mila Sorkin
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Varies
It may not have any symptoms.
The usual symptoms are bleeding from gums, bad breath, loosening or loss of teeth.

In brief: Varies
It may not have any symptoms.
The usual symptoms are bleeding from gums, bad breath, loosening or loss of teeth.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Joel Doyon
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Bone loss
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is usually a painless disease and it's main characteristic is bone loss, bleeding gums, swollen gums, and possibly loose teeth.
Sometimes there is pus that comes out of the gums next to the tooth. when probed with a calibrated instrument, the probings are 5 millimeters or more.

In brief: Bone loss
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is usually a painless disease and it's main characteristic is bone loss, bleeding gums, swollen gums, and possibly loose teeth.
Sometimes there is pus that comes out of the gums next to the tooth. when probed with a calibrated instrument, the probings are 5 millimeters or more.
Dr. Joel Doyon
Dr. Joel Doyon
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Dr. Kevin Nail
Bleeding gums, halitosis, loose/moving/shifting teeth
Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Bleeding
Bleeding, pain, redness of the gums are the most common.
See a dentist to get treated.

In brief: Bleeding
Bleeding, pain, redness of the gums are the most common.
See a dentist to get treated.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Dr. Ronald Achong
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In brief: Many
Swelling of the gum tissue, bleeding, discomfort, harden buildup of plaque and calcium deposits on the teeth, bad breath, bad taste, etc.

In brief: Many
Swelling of the gum tissue, bleeding, discomfort, harden buildup of plaque and calcium deposits on the teeth, bad breath, bad taste, etc.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Kevin Nail
Agreed ...good answer
Dr. William Williams
Now add to that what signs are present: pocket depths over 3mm, alveolar bone loss evident in dental xrays, mobile teeth. By the way, the presence of plaque and calculus (tarter) do not mean there is actually gum disease present...all people make both daily and it needs to be removed. Neglect of removing these will lead to gum disease more assuredly.
Dr. John Francis
Dentistry - Periodontics
In brief: Bleeding
Bleeding when you floss or brush is the biggest symptom. Gums could be red, swollen, there may be an odor..
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In brief: Bleeding
Bleeding when you floss or brush is the biggest symptom. Gums could be red, swollen, there may be an odor..
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Dr. John Francis
Dr. John Francis
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