Gingivitis: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatment

The main cause of gingivitis is dental plaque. If not removed regularly, plaque can accumulate between your teeth and around the gums.

If you have gingivitis, you can normally restore gum health through improved oral hygiene and teeth cleaning. Adding a Waterpik Water Flosser to your daily routine can help to improve your overall oral health.

Gingivitis Symptoms

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can result in redness, swelling, and bleeding. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a more serious level of gum disease.

  • Gingivitis generally does not cause pain.
  • Signs of gingivitis include red, spongy, shiny, or swollen gums that bleed easily, even during regular tooth brushing.
  • Gingivitis may only affect a small area of the mouth in the early stages. If it progresses, gingivitis can affect the entire mouth.

Gingivitis Causes

Gingivitis occurs when the bacteria in plaque releases toxins that irritate the gums and cause inflammation, leading to infection and bad breath. Other contributors to gum disease and oral health problems are smoking and diabetes.

Treating Gingivitis

Clinical research hows that for improving gum health the Waterpik Water Flosser was up to 50% more effective than traditional string floss.