We have all heard the term “gingivitis,” but what does it really mean? Gingivitis literally means “inflamed” or swollen gums. Bacteria living in your mouth can cause gingivitis, gum disease, and decay, which can lead to the loss of teeth. Over time, gingivitis spreads from gums to bone causing a severe form of the infection called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that eats away at the gum and bone surrounding your teeth. If
periodontal disease is not professionally treated, it will cause loss of teeth.
Warning signs for gingivitis and gum disease:
– Red, tender, and swollen gums.
– Gums that bleed with you brush or floss.
– Gums that have pulled away or receded from the tooth.
– Pus around teeth and gums.
– Sensitive teeth.
– Pain when chewing.
– Bad breathe.