What is it?

Gum disease, or gingivitis, is inflammation of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth and is most commonly a result of poor dental hygiene. Gingivitis is a very common condition and varies widely in severity. It is characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed easily when teeth are brushed or flossed.

What are the symptoms?

Gum disease and gingivitis have overlapping symptoms:

  • Gums that are red, tender, or swollen.
  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth.
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth.
  • Loose teeth.
  • A change in how your teeth fit together when you bite (malocclusion).
  • Pus between teeth and gums.
  • Pain when chewing.
  • Sensitive teeth.
  • Partial dentures that no longer fit.
  • Foul-smelling breath that doesn’t go away after you brush your teeth.

What to expect?

Mild symptoms can be treated at home, you can try the following things:

  • Pain relievers might help in relieving pain and inflammation.
  • Use soft bristles toothbrush when brushing your teeth.

If symptoms are severe, seek consult with your dentist.

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