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Common Dental Questions

Causes of Gingivitis

 

Question:

What is gingivitis? What are its causes?

 

Answer:

Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease, or periodontal disease. Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support the teeth.

 

What causes gingivitis?

Gingivitis is caused by an overgrowth of harmful bacteria that live in the mouth. The most common symptom is red, swollen gums that bleed easily.

 

Should I worry about gingivitis?

Gingivitis should be taken seriously. If left untreated, it can lead to periodontitis, a more severe form of periodontal disease that can result in tooth loss.

 

How can I treat gingivitis?

Fortunately, gingivitis can be effectively treated and reversed by controlling the levels of bacteria in the mouth. Proper brushing and flossing can help, and certain medications and mouth rinses may also be used to kill the bacteria that cause gingivitis.