Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is usually caused by bacteria that accumulate in the spaces between the gums and the teeth. Over the years, the gum inflammation can lead to bone loss around the teeth. Since the bones hold the teeth in place, this condition can eventually lead to falling of teeth. The inflammation that occurs as a result of gingivitis leads to swelling of the gum tissue making it soft to touch. If you notice that your gums are swollen or soft to the touch, you should consult this dentist. If left untreated, the swelling could spread to your cheeks and jaws leading to more serious complications.
Normal, healthy gums are typically pink or brown in color and firm to the touch. With gingivitis, the gums begin to lose their normal structure and color. The gums begin to recede and take on a beefy red, inflamed color. If you notice that your gums look red or feel soft when you touch them, you may have gingivitis.
The inflammation that occurs as a result of gingivitis leads to painful gums. This pain could range from a mild ache to severe, throbbing pain. You could feel pain in your gums when you brush or touch them. If your gums are painful when touched, you should have a dental evaluation. One of the most common and obvious symptoms of gingivitis is bleeding gums. Your gums will tend to bleed when you brush or floss them. If you notice bleeding when you are brushing your teeth, you may have gingivitis.
A gum line that is moved farther away from teeth is a strong indication of gingivitis. The bacteria in the plaque and tartar tend to erode the tissue in the gums and you will notice that your gums are moving farther away from your teeth. The bacteria accumulating in your teeth and gums could cause your mouth to smell bad. If you notice that morning breath does not go away with regular brushing and cleaning of your tongue, gingivitis may be the cause of your bad breath. Click here to learn more.
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