(HealthDay News) -- Periodontal disease affects the thin crevice between the gums and teeth called the sulcus. This causes the attachment of the tooth and nearby tissue to disintegrate, causing a pocket that becomes deeper as the disease worsens.

The American Dental Association says warning signs of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding that's easily triggered from the gums.
  • Gums that are sore or tender, swollen or red.
  • Gums that recede from the teeth.
  • Frequent bad taste or bad breath.
  • Permanent teeth that feel loose or feel like they're separating from the gums.
  • Changes in alignment of the teeth or dentures.
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