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How is aggressive periodontitis diagnosed?

A dentist will usually discuss symptoms the individual describes that may indicate the existence of aggressive periodontitis. The dentist should also consider any underlying medical conditions or medications that may potentially contribute to the condition. During a physical exam, a dentist will check the oral tissue for redness, swelling, and bleeding, and look for pockets between the gums and teeth. A dentist may also determine whether there is tooth mobility during a physical evaluation. X-rays of the mouth may be taken to determine whether there is bone loss.

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