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Gingivitis (cont.)

Gingivitis Prognosis

Most cases of simple gingivitis can be managed and cured simply with good oral hygiene and regular dental appointments. With severe gingivitis, gum recession can require surgical repair.

Chronic gingivitis and periodontitis are felt by medical scientists to be risk factors for the development of rheumatoid arthritis.

REFERENCE:

Humes, H. David, et al. Kelley's Textbook of Internal Medicine. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000.

Previous contributing authors and editors:

Author: Brian C Rich, DO, Consulting Staff, Department of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Services Group.

Coauthor(s): Fred Harchelroad, MD, FACMT, Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Director of Medical Toxicology, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Allegheny General Hospital.

Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Ron Fuerst, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of South Carolina College of Medicine; Director, Children's Emergency Center, Children's Hospital of Richland Memorial Hospital.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/6/2014

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