Gum Disease (cont.)
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When To Call a Doctor
Call a dentist if you have symptoms of gum disease, such as:
See your dentist regularly. If you have a history of dental problems, you may need to go two times a year. If you haven't gone to the dentist in the last year, make an appointment as soon as possible. A dental hygienist can remove plaque and scrape hard mineral deposits (tartar) from around your gum line. Regular checkups and cleanings will help you reverse and prevent further gum disease.
If you have gum disease, see your dentist right away. Waiting to have it treated will allow it to get worse and spread.
Who to see
If your gum disease is severe, the dentist may refer you to a specialist, such as:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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