GINGIVITIS: STAGES OF GINGIVAL INFLAMMATION
Author: Sanketh DS, MDS
Gingivitis refers to the inflammation of soft tissues, surrounding the teeth. Inflammation in gingivitis is restricted to the gingiva unlike periodontitis where inflammation extends to other periodontal tissues like periodontal ligament, cementum and alveolar bone. The primary etiology of gingivitis is dental plaque which comprises predominantly of bacterial communities in a matrix of exfoliated epithelial cells, bacterial and salivary proteins. Gingivitis however could also be caused by systemic diseases, allergies, medications, hormones, viruses and many other factors.
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