Gingivitis is a milder type of gum disease. Gingivitis causes red,
swollen gums that bleed easily when brushed, and it may cause bad breath.
Because pain is not usually a symptom of gingivitis, many people do
not seek treatment. If not treated, gum disease can progress to advanced gum
disease (periodontitis), which may lead to loss of teeth.
Gingivitis is caused by poor tooth care. It can be prevented,
treated, and reversed by brushing twice a day—in the morning and before
bedtime—and flossing once a day.
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