Periodontal (Gum) Disease (cont.)
When to Seek Medical Care
A dentist provides major care for diseases of the teeth and gums.
A person should visit his or her dentist for the following concerns:
- Gums start to bleed.
- Gums are swollen and sore.
- Bad smelling breath or a bad taste develops in the mouth.
- Gums become very red or very pale.
- Teeth are painful.
- Teeth are loose in their sockets.
If any of the above symptoms are present, plus fever, sweats, chills,
or face swelling, go to a hospital's emergency department.
Other reasons to go to an emergency department include the following:
- The tongue feels swollen or pushes up from the floor of the mouth.
- Swelling develops below the chin, especially if it is red, tender, and warm.
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