What are the Signs of Periodontal Disease?

It can be easy to overlook random little signs and symptoms our body throws at us. Especially if they’re not very noticeable at first. However, some of these smaller symptoms we ignore can turn into major problems that are much harder and more expensive to fix, the longer we wait. Periodontal disease doesn’t sound like it could be popular, however, it’s extremely popular all over the world. Read on to see if you have the signs or symptoms of this disease.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is also known as gum disease or gingivitis. It’s very popular all around the world. Everyday Health states that, “The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that 80 percent of adults in the United States have some degree of gum disease.” Gum disease has various stages. Usually gingivitis is what it’s referred to in its earlier stages. However, if it progresses, it’s usually referred to as periodontitis. If it goes unchecked, periodontal disease can get into the bone and cause some major damage and issues.

Signs of Periodontal Disease

If you don’t know what to look for, you can easily be broadsided by gum disease. Below are a few signs and symptoms of gum disease appearing.

Red and Swollen Gums

Red and swollen gums can have a long list of causes. However, if your gums are red and swollen on a consistent basis, this may be a sign that you’re suffering from periodontal disease.


If your gums bleed from basic things such as eating or if they blood profusely while brushing, this can be a sign of periodontal disease. Of course, eating certain foods or brushing too hard can cause bleeding in the gums as well. So, be sure to rule these two aspects out before assuming.

Loose Teeth

Periodontal disease, especially if left untreated, can cause your teeth to start rotting. This in turn can make them start to become loose and even fall out.


If you’re pretty good at brushing your teeth, but still seem to have issues with bad breath, this is a sign of periodontal disease. The bad bacteria buildup in your gums and around your teeth cause this bad breath.


Depending on the level of periodontal disease, you may experience sensitivity and pain in your gums, mouth, etc. Since this disease can cause sores within the mouth, and even the setup of your teeth, it can be pretty painful at times.


Believe it or not, if left untreated, periodontal disease can cause pus to appear in between your teeth and around your gums. This is from the infection caused by the disease.

As always, if you have any of these signs or symptoms, consult a dental professional. Don’t try to “weather” the symptoms or guess on your own using the internet as a guide. It’s always best, especially with symptoms like these, to let a professional guide you.


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Dr. Nguyen
Dr. Nguyen

Dr. Nguyen is committed to providing high-quality dentistry using state-of-the-art equipment to help you achieve improved oral health and the beautiful smile you deserve.

Dr. Nguyen has served on the Virginia Board of Dentistry and has many achievements such as: Invisalign Premier and Teen Provider, Pre-Fellow with Academy of General Dentistry, Graduate of Aesthetic Continuum, Engel Institute for Dental Implant Training, WaveOne Endodontic Training, HD President’s Club.

Dr. Nguyen enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, staying active in the gym, and trying out new restaurants.  When he isn’t at work, you can find him playing basketball, tennis, football, or hiking.

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