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Gingivitis Symptoms and Signs
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When to Seek Medical Care for Gingivitis
For simple gingivitis, work with a dentist. A concerted effort involving good home dental hygiene, including regular and correct brushing and flossing, and regular dental visits should be all that is required to treat and prevent gingivitis. Gingivitis can usually be managed at home with good dental hygiene. If gingivitis continues despite the effort to prevent it, contact a doctor to investigate the possibility of an underlying illness.
Gingivitis is a clinical diagnosis. This means that the physician or dentist can arrive at the diagnosis by listening to the person's medical and dental history and performing an oral exam. Blood work, X-rays, and tissue samples may be indicated for people not responding to initial therapy. The person should, however, be evaluated for underlying disease that may cause gingivitis.
Todd C. Snyder, DDS
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