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What are the symptoms of necrotizing periodontitis?

The onset of necrotizing periodontitis is usually sudden, causing very painful, red, swollen gums that bleed spontaneously or with very mild pressure. Ulcers may form on the gums and erode the natural points of gum. Black or gray dead tissue can be found on the gums and the breath smells and tastes extremely foul. Eating and swallowing is painful. A person with this disease will also have symptoms of infection, such as a fever, fatigue, and painful, swollen lymph nodes under the jaw line.

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