Form of gum disease that causes inflamed gums. The cause is poor oral hygiene. Untreated gingivitis can lead to tooth loss and other serious conditions.
- swollen or puffy gums.
- Dusky red or dark red gums.
- Bleeding from the gums.
- Bad breath.
- Receding gums.
- Tender gums.
WHEN TO SEE A DENTIST
If you notice any signs and symptoms of gingivitis, schedule an appointment with your dentist. The sooner you seek care, the better your chances of reversing damage from gingivitis and preventing its progression to periodontitis.
- Good oral hygiene.
- Regular dental visits.
- Good health practices.
Serious gum infection damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports your teeth.
Periodontitis can cause teeth to loosen or lead to tooth loss.
Periodontitis is common but largely preventable. It’s usually the result of poor oral hygiene. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular dental checkups can greatly improve your chances of successful treatment for periodontitis and can also reduce your chance of developing it.
Healthy gums are firm and pale pink and fit snuggly around teeth.
Signs and symptoms of periodontitis can include:
- Swollen gums.
- Bright red gums with bleeding
- Tender on touch.
- Receding gums
- New spaces developing between your teeth.
- Pus between your teeth and gums.
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Painful chewing
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.