Gingivitis

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Gum disease (periodontal disease) occurs when plaque is allowed to build up on the teeth and the gums (also called the gingiva). Early gum disease is called gingivitis. It causes red, swollen gums that bleed easily when brushed.

Last Updated: August 21, 2009

Author: Jeannette Curtis

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry

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