If you're having swollen gums, bright red or purple gums, gums that are tender or painful to the touch, bleeding gums or bleeding after brushing, you may have gingivitis and need to call our Modesto dentist immediately.
Additionally, the stippling that normally exists on the gum tissue of some individuals will often disappear and the gums may appear shiny when the gum tissue becomes swollen and stretched over the inflamed underlying connective tissue. The accumulation may also emit an unpleasant odor.
When the gingiva are swollen, the epithelial lining of the gingival crevice becomes ulcerated and the gums will bleed more easily with even gentle brushing, and especially when flossing.
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, make sure to contact your dentist as soon as possible.
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