How is gum disease diagnosed?

To find out if you have gum disease, your dentist will do an exam to look for:

  • Bleeding gums.

  • 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.

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