INFLAMMATION of the gum tissue around the TEETH. Most gingivitis is an early form of PERIODONTAL DISEASE. Signs of gingivitis include painless bleeding (spontaneous or with brushing) and swollen gums that may be bright red or shiny. Some people develop painless sores or ulcerations on the gums that indicate INFECTION. Though people may seek medical care because of the bleeding, dentists and periodontists provide dental-based care for gingivitis. People who have DIABETES, people who smoke cigarettes, or use smokeless tobacco, and women who are pregnant have increased susceptibility for gingivitis.
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