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Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease

Swelling and infection of the tissues around your teeth is called periodontal disease. Some people have problems with their gums. Others have problems with the bones that support their teeth. You may also have trouble with both the gums and the bones. This is a common issue. Not caring for your teeth properly is the main cause of periodontal disease. Good teeth and mouth care may help prevent this problem. You may not know you have periodontal disease until you see your dentist.

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Periodontal Disease

About this topic

Swelling and infection of the tissues around your teeth is called periodontal disease. Some people have problems with their gums. Others have problems with the bones that support their teeth. You may also have trouble with both the gums and the bones. This is a common issue. Not caring for your teeth properly is the main cause of periodontal disease. Good teeth and mouth care may help prevent this problem. You may not know you have periodontal disease until you see your dentist.

What drugs may be needed?

Help with pain and swelling,Fight an infection

What problems could happen?

Loose teeth or loss of teeth,Bleeding gums,Ongoing bad breath,Abscess − pocket of pus,Open sores in mouth

When do I need to call the doctor?

Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, chills, a sore that will not heal, swelling, redness, warmth around the gums; too much pain when touched; pus coming out of the gums.,Heavy bleeding of the gums,Bad breath that will not go away with brushing and flossing,Loose teeth

Body systems

Dental,Gastrointestinal

What are other common names?

Aggressive Periodontitis,Early Periodontitis,Gingival Disease,Gingivitis,Gum Disease,Gum Tissue Disease,Infected Gums,Inflamed Gums,Juvenile Periodontitis,Loose Teeth,Mobile Teeth,Moderate Periodontitis,Necrotizing Periodontal Disease,Perio Disease,Periodontitis,Pyorrhea,Trench Mouth

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This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. This is only a brief summary of general information. It does NOT include all information about conditions, illnesses, injuries, tests, procedures, treatments, therapies, discharge instructions or life-style choices that may apply to you. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about your health and treatment options. This information should not be used to decide whether or not to accept your health care provider’s advice, instructions or recommendations. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to provide advice that is right for you.

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