WHAT IS GINGIVITIS?
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. It’s marked by red, tender, and inflamed gums that may bleed when brushing or flossing.
What is the difference between gingivitis, gum disease, and periodontitis?
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums and usually precedes gum disease. Not all gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, but it’s important to address it to reduce your risk of such complications.
In the early stage of gingivitis, plaque that has built up on the teeth releases bacteria into and under the gum line. This leads to the inflammation that can cause bleeding during brushing. Your gums are irritated, but the teeth remain firmly rooted in their sockets and you have no bone or tissue damage.