Gingivitis, also called gum disease or periodontal disease, refers to bacterial growth in the mouth. The bacteria can cause gum inflammation and bleeding. As gum disease progresses, debris gets caught in the gums as they pull away from the teeth. This process eventually damages the teeth, leading to tooth loss. Gingivitis can be caused by plaque, hormones, illness, medications, family history of gum disease, and more. Treatments may include treating the bacteria growth and surgery to restore damaged teeth. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how gingivitis is contracted, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
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