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Gum symptoms Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Gum symptoms. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had gum symptoms?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. What specific symptoms concerning the gums do you have?

    Why: e.g. bleeding gums, swollen gums, tender gums, gum ulcers.

  3. If gums have been bleeding, have you noticed any bleeding from other areas?

    Why: e.g. nose, easy bruising of skin, painful swelling of joints - may help determine if due to bleeding disorder.

  4. If gums have been bleeding, have you noticed a viral illness or sore throat beforehand?

    Why: may suggest acute Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) especially in children.

  5. Dental health?

    Why: when last saw a dentist?, dental care routine? Known dental caries? - may suggest gingivitis, periodontitis, Vincent's infection.

  6. Are you pregnant?

    Why: generalized gum swelling may be a side-effect of pregnancy.

  7. Medical history?

    Why: e.g. leukemia , immunocompromised, malnutrition.

  8. Medication history?

    Why: medications that may reduce platelets and predispose to bleeding gums include chloramphenicol, cytotoxic drugs, gold, heparin, phenylbutazone, sulphonamides, quinine, quinidine, thiazide diuretics; medications that cause platelet function abnormalities and predispose to bleeding gums include aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories;medications that cause coagulation factor deficiency and predispose to bleeding gums include warfarin; phenytoin use in epileptic children, cyclosporine and nifedipine may cause dramatic gum enlargement.

  9. Family history?

    Why: Is there a family history of easy bruising or bleeding.

  10. Dietary history?

    Why: may indicate Scurvy if Vitamin C deficient which may cause gums to become swollen, teeth to become loose, drop out or become misaligned; malnutrition can increase the risk of Acute ulcerative gingivitis (Vincent's infection).

  11. Possible poisoning?

    Why: e.g. lead intoxication or poisoning may cause a dark blue line positioned where the gums meet the teeth.

  12. Cigarette smoking?

    Why: increases risk of gingivitis.

  13. Alcohol history?

    Why: can reduce platelets and increase the risk of bleeding gums.

  14. Easy bruising, bleeding nose, heavy periods?

    Why: may suggest bleeding disorder as cause of bleeding gums.

  15. Tiredness, weight loss, fever, night sweats?

    Why: may suggest malignancy such as leukemia which may also be associated with swollen and bleeding gums.

  16. Gum ulceration?

    Why: may suggest acute ulcerative gingivitis (Vincent's disease).

  17. Skin rash?

    Why: may suggest lupus erythematosus which can cause an autoimmune thrombocytopenia and bleeding gums.

  18. Dry mouth (xerostomia)?

    Why: e.g. diabetes, certain drugs , Sjogren's syndrome, dehydration, anemia, HIV infection, irradiation - can increase the risk of dental caries and thus gingivitis and bleeding gums.

  19. Symptoms of gingivitis?

    Why: e.g. tender, red, swollen and bleeding gums - Gingivitis is an inflammatory process caused by failure to remove bacteria in the form of plaque from the tooth-gum junction.

  20. Symptoms of lead poisoning?

    Why: e.g. nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting blood, dark blue line positioned where the gums meet the teeth.

  21. Symptoms of scurvy?

    Why: e.g. weakness, muscle pain, 'corkscrew hair', swollen spongy gums with bleeding and loosening of the teeth, spontaneous skin bruising, poor wound healing.

  22. Symptoms of Vincent's disease (acute ulcerative gingivitis)?

    Why: e.g. tender, red, swollen, bleeding and ulcerated gums - occurs in the malnourished person with poor dentition and also in the immunocompromised person.

  23. Symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease?

    Why: e.g. fever, headache, sore mouth, shallow ulcers on the lining of the mouth, gums and tongue, blisters on hands, palms and soles.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Gum symptoms:

The following list of conditions have 'Gum symptoms' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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