Gingivitis, its causes and symptoms are explained here
Signs and symptoms of gingivitis may include:
- Swollen gums
- Soft gums
- Occasionally, tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing
- Bad breath
- A change in the color of your gums from a healthy pink to dusky red
Because gingivitis is seldom painful, you can have gingivitis without even knowing it. You may first realize something's wrong when you notice that the bristles of your toothbrush are pink — a sign that your gums are bleeding with just slight pressure.
When to consult a dentist?
Healthy gums are firm and pale pink. If your gums are puffy, dusky red and bleed easily, see your dentist. The sooner you seek care, the better your chances of reversing damage from gingivitis and its progression to more serious problems.