Health Tip: Learn the Warning Signs of Gingivitis

(HealthDay News) -- Gingivitis is the medical term for inflammation of the gums. A type of periodontal disease, it's caused by the long-term build-up of bacteria, mucus and food debris on exposed portions of the teeth.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers this list of warning signs for gingivitis:

  • Gums that bleed (check your toothbrush after brushing for blood).
  • Gums that appear bright red or purple.
  • Gums that are sore or tender to the touch.
  • Sores inside the mouth.
  • Swelling of the gums.
  • Gums that appear shiny.