Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that results in redness, swelling, and bleeding of the gum tissue. Gingivitis is caused by a build-up of plaque – a sticky bacterial film that collects on your teeth, gums and oral tissues.i, iii If not removed by regular brushing and flossing, plaque can harden into tartar. Both plaque and tartar can then build up along and under the gum line, and may irritate your gums and lead to gum inflammation.i
One of the most visible signs of gingivitis is the presence of blood when you brush or floss your teeth.i, iii Your gums may change color from their usual, healthy pale pink to a darker pink, red or purple.i
The good news is, you can help reverse the effects of gingivitis if you take action early on. You can do this with twice-daily brushing and flossing, and visiting your dentist for a professional cleaning.iii If left untreated, however, it can progress to cause more serious oral health problems.i,ii
If you spot signs of the early stages of periodontal disease, visit a dental professional for treatment and advice. Using a gum specific daily toothpaste such as parodontax Complete Protection can help to reverse the effects of gingivitis and promote gum health.