Published on Aug 22, 2018 and last reviewed on Nov 03, 2018 - 2 min read
The medical terminology for inflamed gums is 'gingivitis'. It is one of the most common oral health concerns faced by each of us. This article talks about the causes and cure for gingivitis.
Gingivitis refers to inflammation of the gums. Gums (or gingiva) along with the bones and ligaments form the supporting structure of the teeth. Once they get swollen, there is redness, puffiness, and bleeding of gums. But, in most cases, it is treatable and reversible.
When left untreated, it can lead to a more serious condition called periodontitis, in which there is a disease process in all the supporting structures, thereby leading to loss of teeth.
Causes of Gingivitis
Symptoms of Gingivitis
Prevention and Treatment
Once there is build up of deposits on the teeth causing swelling, the only way it can be treated is by getting a professional cleaning (scaling) done. After a round of scaling, the inflammation will gradually subside, after which you can take measures to maintain oral hygiene at home every day.
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