Healthy gums are firm and pale pink and fitted tightly around the teeth. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Swollen or puffy gums
- Dusky red or dark red gums
- Gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Tender gums
The longer plaque and tartar are on teeth, the more harmful they become. The bacteria cause inflammation of the gums that is called ‘gingivitis’. In gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen and can bleed easily. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing and regular cleaning by a dentist or hygienist. This form of gum disease does not include any loss of bone and tissue that hold teeth in place.