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Gingivitis is a common and early stage of gum disease that affects the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. While it is a prevalent condition, many people may not fully understand what gingivitis is and the potential impact it can have on oral health.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums, typically caused by the accumulation of plaque—a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth. When plaque is not adequately removed through regular brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar, leading to irritation and inflammation of the gingiva, or gums.
If gingivitis is not resolved it can lead to periodontitis, where gum and bone supporting the teeth are lost. It is therefore very important to prevent gingivitis.
Causes of Gingivitis
Signs and Symptoms
To prevent inflammation of the gums you should:
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