Gingivitis Is an Inflammation of the Gums
It commonly occurs when films of bacteria accumulate on the teeth. Plaque is a form of Gingivitis and is commonly called plaque-induced gingivitis. Gingivitis is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease. If this condition is left untreated, it can progress to a more serious condition known as periodontitis, that can eventually lead to loss of teeth. For more info, go to the Mayo Clinic website.
Common symptoms include red and swollen gums, and they will most likely bleed when you brush your teeth. Generally this will clear up with good and regular oral hygiene. Longer and more frequent brushing, as well as flossing will help. Many people have found that using an antiseptic mouthwash, alongside proper tooth brushing and flossing also helps.
In mild cases, patients may not even know they have it, because symptoms are mild. However, the condition should be taken seriously and addressed immediately before it worsens.Contact Dr. King for an oral exam if you suspect you may have these symptoms.