What are the symptoms of gingivitis?

If your gums easily become red or swollen you could have gingivitis. Listen as Dr. Maria Lopez Howell explains the importance of treating gingivitis early.

Jonathan B. Levine, DMD
Signs and symptoms of gingivitis are red and inflamed gums. If you find your teeth are red around the area where your tooth meets the gum, that the area is sensitive to the touch, and/or it bleeds when brushing or flossing, then you most likely have some degree of gingivitis.
Symptoms of gingivitis include redness and swelling of your gums. Your gums may also become soft and bleed easily, particularly when you brush and floss your teeth. You may notice that you have bad breath, also known as halitosis. As gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, your gums may begin to recede from your teeth.

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