If plaque and tartar are allowed to build up on your teeth, especially around and under your gum line, you might develop gingivitis. Symptoms include red gums, swelling, and bleeding.
Gingivitis is an early form of gum disease, but is fortunately easy to treat. Improving brushing and flossing habits and having a professional cleaning to remove tartar can help reverse the effects. If you don't address gingivitis, it can lead to more advanced gum disease, a condition called periodontitis. Periodontitis is not as easy to treat, may require surgery, has irreversible effects, and is the number-one cause of tooth loss. This video from the American Dental Association gives pointers on how to prevent gingivitis through attention to oral hygiene, a well-balanced diet, and regular visits to your dentist.
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