I believe I have gingivitis.
My gums produce a sometimes bitter, slimy discharge that I am constantly sucking and tonguing off a increasing number of my lower teeth. Last Winter my teeth were aching so I went to my regular dentist who simply cleaned my teeth. I couldn’t believe that the problem was solves so I went to a second dentist who diagnosed me with gingivitis and planed my roots. I am wondering if the new dentist I am seeing now since I moved is worried my lack of insurance means that he might not get paid, and as a result is not willing to diagnose me with gum disease. It was obvious on my last visit that the dental tech. Believed I might have gingivitis but the dentist told her that my breath would have been bad if this were the case. I have been brushing and flossing regularly and nothing seems to take the taste or discharge away. I chew sugarless gum round the clock to make it bearable.
I have three questions:
1 Do my symptoms indicate gingivitis?
2 Do dentists lie to patients if they think the patient will try to opt out of paying them?
3 What should I do?