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Health Protocols

Oral Health

Diagnosis

History of symptoms such as tooth or gum sensitivity, pain, or bleeding is suggestive of a dental problem and warrants further investigation. During a dental exam, a dental practitioner will look for plaque and tartar buildup, sites of tooth discoloration and softness that indicate decay, gum redness and swelling, gum recession and separation from adjacent teeth, and tooth mobility. A periodontal probe is used to measure pocket depths and check for gum bleeding. X-rays can be used to confirm cavities or assess alveolar bone loss (Mayo Clinic 2014b; Mayo Clinic 2014a; Kawar 2011; Young 2015).