Inflammation of gums

Description of Inflammation of gums

Gum disease ranges from simple gum inflammation, called gingivitis, to serious damage to the tissue and bone supporting the teeth. In the worst cases, one can lose teeth.
Signs and Symptoms
In gingivitis:
1. The gums become red and swollen
2. Gums can bleed
1. It can be reversed with daily brushing and flossing
2. Regular cleanings by a dentist or dental hygienist
Complications and When Should You See a Doctor
1. Periodontitis where the gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that become infected.
2. If not treated, the bones, gums, and connective tissue that support the teeth are destroyed.
NIH: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
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01 Nov 2021 | 04:56 PM (IST)
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