Gingivitis is usually not painful and hence not detected easily. Bleeding gums
are often the first sign of gingivitis.
Symptoms of gingivitis includes the following -
Inflamed, swollen gums that results in swelling
Bleeding Gums especially when brushing or flossing
Bad breath or halitosis
Bad taste in the mouth
Soft, tender and sensitive gums
Gums that have receded to give the teeth an elongated look.
When the gums become swollen, bleed easily or change from a healthy pink to dusky red it is essential to see a dentist in order to treat and cure the disease, and to prevent further damage.
If left untreated, gingivitis can progress on to periodontitis,
which is a far more serious gum disease capable of causing tooth loss
. It can even elevate a person’s risk of heart attack and stroke
. It has been reported that women with periodontitis could give birth to premature babies in comparison to those without the problem.