Gingivitis

Browse By All Topics

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is mild gum disease. It causes red, swollen gums that bleed easily when brushed.

Gingivitis is caused by the bacteria in plaque, which can irritate the gums. It can be prevented, treated, and reversed by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. If not treated, gingivitis can progress to serious gum disease (periodontitis), which may lead to tooth loss.

Last Revised: January 4, 2013

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry




This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use.

How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.





© 1995-2012 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.