Dentist Questions Gingivitis

Are there any warning signs of gingivitis?

I was diagnosed with gingivitis a few months ago, but I feel like I had no symptoms of it, whatsoever. If it wasn't for my dentist, I probably would still think that nothing is wrong. Are there usually warning signs of gingivitis?

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Bleeding on brushing
Yes bleeding upon brushing and redness of gums
Gingivitis is not something that hurts, but it is a precursor to periodontal disease. Symptoms of gingivitis are boggy and swollen gingiva, deep red in color, and bleeding when brushing and flossing.
It is very easy to miss the signs of gingivitis. Most commonly the gums around your teeth will appear red rather than pink. Occasionally you may find some blood on your toothbrush or you may notice bleeding when you floss.
Bleeding when you brush your teeth, bad breath, plaque accumulation.
Bleeding, inflamed gums, especially when flossing or brushing, are indicative of gingivitis, which can develop further into periodontitis. Some 80%-90% of adults have some form of periodontal disease.
The American Dental Association calls gums disease the “silent killer of teeth.” Bad breath, red puffy gums, and bleeding when flossing (you must floss).

Mitchel Friedman
The warning signs of gingivitis usually are red and swollen or puffy gums. Also, if your gums bleed while brushing or cleaning in between your teeth. Gingivitis is generally painless unless it gets severe. So, check in the mirror to see if your gums are puffy and shiny (bad) or if they are matte, dull, and dimpled like a golf ball (good). Also, check for "pink in the sink" after you brush. Best of all, don't forget professional continuous care is essential, so see your dentist and hygienist regularly.

Hope this helps,

Steven Chamish, DDS
Bleeding gums
The biggest sign is bleeding gums when you touch your gum tissue including when you brush & floss your teeth.
Gingivitis is the first cousin to periodontal disease and many times expresses no visual symptoms to the patients awareness but is likely to already have begun to cause bone loss around the teeth that are affected. This bone loss needs to be evaluated and super vised by periodontist if your dentist is not giving you a reasonable explanation of the likely sequence of events to occur left untreated
First of all, gingivitis isn’t a big deal. The word “gingiva” means gums. If your gums bleed, you have gingivitis. For most people, not flossing for a few days will cause their gums to bleed because the undisturbed germs organize and create ulcers in the gums. Blood leaks out through those same ulcers the germs pass through into the underlying tissues. The bone senses the germs and breaks down. Now what began as gingivitis has progressed into periodontitis, and periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss. So, where gingivitis in and of itself is no big deal, if you don’t take it seriously and start flossing, it will progress into something that is a big deal. So, which would you prefer, floss daily or one day experience gum surgery? Hmm, flossing sounds much better. 
Gingivitis is simply inflamation of the gums. Like any other kind of inflamation it can range from mild to severe. Therefore symptoms can range from none to red, swollen, bleeding gums. Gingivitis can be easily remedied by a dental cleaning followed by good home care (daily flossing and brushing several times each day). If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontal disease and result in pain, bad breath, gum recession, shifting of teeth or the loss of teeth.
Bleeding, reddish color, discomfort.
Redness and bleeding are the cardinal signs of gingivitis, but the gums may only bleed when your dentist probes them. Sometimes the gums are sore, but not always.