How does a dentist diagnose gingivitis?

If you have symptoms of gingivitis, you should see a dentist for a checkup. Your dentist will inspect your mouth for:

  • Bleeding.
  • Signs of infection such as redness and swelling.
  • Loose teeth.
  • Gums that are pulling away from the teeth.

If your dentist suspects gum disease, X-rays can show if it has affected the bones underneath. Your dentist may also refer you to a periodontist, a gum disease specialist.

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