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Gingivitis Symptoms

Updated: Mar 8

Gingivitis, or gum disease, can develop when plaque builds up on your teeth, causing inflammation. Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that forms on teeth. Over time, plaque can harden into tartar, which is more difficult to remove. With gingivitis, inflamed gums develop, which can make your teeth bleed during brushing.

Symptoms of Gingivitis

Early symptoms of gingivitis include:

1. Bleeding gums

2. Bad breath

3. Tender, swollen, or red gums

4. Receding gums

5. Gums that begin to pull away from your teeth

6. Gums that are pulling away from teeth

7. Teeth that become loose or separating

8. Teeth that appear longer than usual

Stages of Gum Disease

There are several stages of gum disease:

  • Gingivitis - This is the first stage of gum disease. It is characterized by gum inflammation.

  • Early Periodontitis - In this stage, the gums have started to recede.

  • Moderate Periodontitis - In this stage, the gum disease has become more severe. The gum recession is more significant, and the bone supporting the teeth has begun to erode.

  • Advanced Periodontitis - This is the severe stage of gum disease. The gum recession is severe, and the bone supporting the teeth has eroded. Teeth may eventually become loose or be lost.

Causes of Gingivitis

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums, which is caused by bacterial plaque buildup on the teeth. This can cause the gums to become red, swollen, and bleed easily. Once the bacteria from the plaque infect the gum tissue, the body attempts to fight the infection, which irritates the gum tissues.

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