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.
How Does Your Mouth Affect Your health?
Find out how plaque and gingivitis can affect your overall health.
Gingivitis: Get Serious About Sore Gums
If you have red, sore gums that occasionally bleed when you brush your teeth, you may have gingivitis -- the mildest form of gum disease.
Diabetes and Periodontal Disease
Information about the connection between diabetes and gum disease.
An Overview of Gum Disease
WebMD's guide to gum disease, also called gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Fight Tooth and Nail Against Gum Disease
How can you tell you have gum disease? What can you do about it?
The Health Perils of Gum Disease
Gum disease is linked to a host of other ills, including diabetes and heart attack, but most people can prevent gingivitis with daily brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups.
Periodontal Disease and Heart Health
Does a healthy mouth equal a healthy heart? Heart and dental experts discuss the connection.
Gum Disease Symptoms and Heart Disease
If recent research is right, a healthy mouth means a healthy heart. Here's how to spot gum disease problems and develop good daily care of teeth and gums.