How is periodontitis diagnosed?

You dentist will:

  • Ask you about your symptoms and medical history.
  • Examine your gums for signs of inflammation.
  • Use a special ruler to see if you have pockets around your teeth. This test won't hurt.
  • Take an X-ray to check for bone loss, if necessary.
  • Possibly refer you to a periodontist, a specialist in gum disease.

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