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What are the symptoms of aggressive periodontitis?

Symptoms of aggressive periodontitis progress over time and almost always include inflammation. However, symptoms may be mild or entirely absent during the early stages of the condition. Symptoms of aggressive periodontitis include the following:

  • inflamed gums;
  • bad breath;
  • bad taste;
  • bleeding gums;
  • receding gums;
  • tender gums;
  • loose teeth;
  • appearance of lengthening of teeth because of gum recession;
  • changes in how teeth fit together when biting.
If you have aggressive 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. Chronic periodontitis is the most common type.

Aggressive periodontitis is usually seen in children or young adults and only affects about 2 percent of the population. Though symptoms of aggressive periodontitis are similar to in other forms of periodontitis, they are more likely to be severe and quickly worsen in the aggressive form of the disease. They may occur even though you otherwise feel healthy.

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