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Gingivitis (cont.)

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Gingivitis Symptoms and Signs

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  • Swelling, redness, pain, and bleeding of the gums are signs of gingivitis. Swelling of the gums is referred to as gingival hyperplasia.
  • Halitosis (bad breath), in which the breath begins to take on a foul odor, may be present in more severe forms of gingivitis.

When to Seek Medical Care for Gingivitis

For simple gingivitis, work with a dentist. A concerted effort involving good home dental hygiene, including regular and correct brushing and flossing, and regular dental visits should be all that is required to treat and prevent gingivitis. Gingivitis can usually be managed at home with good dental hygiene. If gingivitis continues despite the effort to prevent it, contact a doctor to investigate the possibility of an underlying illness.

Gingivitis Diagnosis

Gingivitis is a clinical diagnosis. This means that the physician or dentist can arrive at the diagnosis by listening to the person's medical and dental history and performing an oral exam. Blood work, X-rays, and tissue samples may be indicated for people not responding to initial therapy. The person should, however, be evaluated for underlying disease that may cause gingivitis.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/30/2015
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Gingivitis is an inflammatory process limited to the mucosal epithelial tissue surrounding the cervical portion of the teeth and the alveolar processes.

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