When teeth are not properly cleaned, plaque forms on the tooth’s surface. Plaque can cause irritation of the gums, making them red and slightly swollen – this is gingivitis. More serious forms of gum disease such as periodontitis start with gingivitis.
Signs & Symptoms
- Red, swollen or tender gums that bleed when brushed or flossed
- Bad breath
Good management of gingivitis is a sign of good oral hygiene. This helps prevent halitosis, bleeding gums, and other more serious dental diseases. Remember, there is a link between oral health and overall health.
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