What is the role of lab testing in the diagnosis of gingivitis?

Updated: Jan 18, 2018
  • Author: James M Stephen, MD, FAAEM, FACEP; Chief Editor: Jeff Burgess, DDS, MSD  more...
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Answer

See the list below:

  • Laboratory testing is not helpful in diagnosing gingivitis.

  • If systemic disease or toxin exposure is suspected, laboratory tests should be requested.

  • A smear to identify the causative agent may be helpful.


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