How is gum disease diagnosed?
To find out if you have gum disease, your dentist will do an exam to look for:
Hard buildups of plaque and tartar above and below the gums.
Areas where your gums are pulling away or shrinking from your teeth.
Pockets that have grown between your teeth and gums.
Your dentist or dental hygienist may take X-rays of your teeth to look for bone damage and other problems.