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Health Tip: Learn the Warning Signs of Gingivitis

-- Gingivitis is the medical term for inflammation of the gums. A type of periodontal disease, it's caused by the long-term build-up of bacteria, mucus and food debris on exposed portions of the teeth.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers this list of warning signs for gingivitis:

  • Gums that bleed (check your toothbrush after brushing for blood).
  • Gums that appear bright red or purple.
  • Gums that are sore or tender to the touch.
  • Sores inside the mouth.
  • Swelling of the gums.
  • Gums that appear shiny.
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Posted: December 2009