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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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/9/2012
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