How do I know if I have gum disease?

Gum disease can occur at any age, but it is most common among adults. If detected in its early stages, gum disease can be reversed - The following are some of the signs and symptoms of gum disease:

  • Gums that are red, puffy or swollen, or tender
  • Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
  • Gums that have separated, or pulled away, from your teeth, creating a pocket
  • Teeth that look longer because your gums have receded
  • Pus coming from between your teeth and gums
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth