Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease that causes irritation, redness and swelling of your gums. Because gingivitis can be mild, you may not be aware that you have the condition. But it’s important to take gingivitis seriously and treat it promptly. Gingivitis can lead to much more serious gum disease and eventual tooth loss.
The most common cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. Good oral health habits, such as brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular dental checkups, can help prevent gingivitis.Signs and Symptoms of Gingivitis or Periodontal Disease
- 1. Swollen gums
- 2. Bright red or purple gums
- 3. Gums that is tender or painful to the touch
- 4. Bleeding gums or bleeding after brushing and/or flossing
- 5. Bad breath (the dreaded Halitosis)
Gum Disease can be prevented through regular oral hygiene that includes daily brushing and flossing. Treatment generally involves a thorough cleaning of the teeth, the focus of which is to remove plaque.