Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums in the mouth. Symptoms include red gums, swollen gums, bleeding gums, gum tenderness, and breath odor (halitosis). Complications include dental abscess, pyorrhea, periodontitis, and acute ulcerative necrotising gingivitis (also called “trench mouth” or Vincent’s disease). Gingivitis is mainly caused by poor dental hygiene alone, but may also occur in diabetes, leukemia, malnutrition, scurvy, pellagra, and other disorders. Treatment options include rest, dietary improvements, mouthwashes, dental cleaning (removal of plaque), and sometimes antibiotic medications.
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- Halitosis: Halitosis is the medical name for bad breath or breath odor. Temporary halitosis may be caused by recently eating foods
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- Periodontitis: Periodontitis is a dental infection that is very serious and may cause loss of teeth. Periodontitis often results after a
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- Diabetes: Diabetes is a metabolic disease where the body loses the ability to properly process sugars (glucose). The full medical name
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- Leukemia: Leukemia is a cancer of the bone marrow tissues that produce white blood cells. Too many white blood cells are
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- Scurvy: Scurvy is a disease from severe deficiency of Vitamin C. It is a famous historical disease affecting naval crews who
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