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What are the symptoms of periodontitis?

The symptoms of periodontitis include red or swollen gums, gum bleeding, and chronically bad breath. Because periodontitis causes bone loss in the mouth, you may notice that your teeth are loose or fitting differently than normal. Also, your gums will recede, making your teeth seem longer than normal.

Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis (gum disease). With time, plaque can spread and grow below the gum line and begin to cause damage associated with periodontitis. If you have periodontitis, you may notice bleeding from your gums along with several other symptoms that continue to get worse. These symptoms may include: pain or tenderness, particularly when brushing; bad breath that doesn't go away; redness or swelling in your gums; teeth that feel loose; pus between your teeth and gums; and you may notice that your teeth or dentures fit together differently. 

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