Gingivitis


Gingivitis is the term used to describe the inflammation of gum tissues. It is in essence the initial stage of periodontal disease and is also called the non-destructive periodontitis. Gingivitis occurs due to the plaque coating on the surface of the teeth.

Although gingivitis apparently does not cause great discomfort or pain, failure to initiate the proper treatment can lead the condition toward the destructive periodontal disease. It is not certain that gingivitis will always lead to periodontal disease, however, periodontal disease always occurs after gingivitis.

  • Gingivitis causes swollen gums

  • Changes the color of the gums from pink to red, and in severe scenarios, even purple

  • Makes the gums sore and painful, especially when touched

  • Causes bleeding gums, particularly after brushing or flossing

  • Makes the gums more shiny than natural, the stippling on the gums vanishes

  • Causes bad breath


When the bacteria in the mouth of an individual continuously produce plaque, and if due to poor cleaning and bad oral health, the plaque is not removed, it continues to build up in the tiny holes and traps between the teeth and gums. The bacteria in these tiny holes also produce toxins and acids. These acids and toxins start causing inflammation in the gums and gingivitis.

Proper and regular brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent gingivitis. Using a mouthwash to rinse the oral cavity is also supportive. Frequent visits should be made to a dentist to get the oral health evaluated and examined so that oral hygiene is maintained.

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Gingivitis is the term used to describe the inflammation of gum tissues. It is in essence the initial stage of periodontal disease and is also called the non-destructive periodontitis. Gingivitis occurs due to the plaque coating on the surface of the teeth. Although gingivitis apparently does not .... read more


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