Gingivitis (bleeding Gums)

Dr. Firdaus P Bativala
Consultant Dentist, Bombay Hospital, Mumbai, India.
First Created: 05/01/2001  Last Updated: 08/01/2015

Patient Education


Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums around the teeth due to improper cleaning of teeth. Although systemic factors and general health can modify the tissue reaction to local irritants, Gingivitis in all age groups is caused primarily by local irritants. It is nearly always reversible. The usual signs of gingivitis are gums which are swollen and bleed on brushing.

Gingivitis Types

Types of Gingivitis

Children by and large are not entirely efficient in cleaning their teeth. Oral hygiene has to be stimulated, supervised, and the end results examined for it to be efficient. Particularly sticky foods (such as chocolates and crispy foods) in the less accessible areas are difficult to remove. Rough and vigorous scrubbing may hurt the child and discourage him form brushing well (If disclosing rinses/tablets which stain the debris are used, the child may be motivated to brush till the unsightly stain is removed.)

There is no question that the regime of oral hygiene improves gingival health. But in the children, it is advisable for brushing to be supervised by the parent if it has to be effective.

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