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Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontal disease, an inflammatory infection which can cause gum, tooth, and bone loss when it advances into the periodontitis stage. Luckily, gingivitis is a reversible condition, easily treated with a deep cleaning procedure and excellent oral hygiene. However, it may be difficult to tell if you have gingivitis because it is virtually painless until it becomes more serious. So how can you tell if you have gingivitis?

Symptoms Of Gingivitis

Though gingivitis is virtually painless, there are symptoms which indicate its presence in your mouth, some of which include:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Gum that bleed easily (especially when you brush your teeth)
  • Tender gums
  • Receding gums (which make your teeth look longer)
  • Bad breath

Risk Factors Of Gingivitis

If you not only show the above symptoms, but also practice or have some of the risk factors listed below, then you may have gingivitis. These risk factors include:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes
  • Old age
  • Dry mouth
  • A weakened immune system
  • Certain medications
  • Poor diet
  • Substance abuse

If you think that you suffer from gingivitis, then call our office to schedule an appointment. Dr. Thomas Bell will examine your mouth, diagnose the condition, and offer treatment solutions that can improve your oral health.