gingivitis

noun

gin·​gi·​vi·​tis ˌjin-jə-ˈvī-təs How to pronounce gingivitis (audio)
: inflammation of the gums

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The toothbrush produces up to 40,000 vibrations per minute and comes with four settings designed to remove plaque and prevent gingivitis. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 24 Oct. 2022 Ingredients: Zinc and tea tree oil Developed by Dr. Irwin Smigel, a pioneer of aesthetic dentistry, this oral rinse works to actively eliminate odor-causing bacteria and plaque that lead to gingivitis. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 15 Aug. 2022 This mouthwash contains cetylpyridinium chloride which the ADA says can help reduce plaque and gingivitis along with hydrogen peroxide to help whiten teeth. Jamie Kim, Good Housekeeping, 21 July 2022 With six brushing modes and a rotating bristle head, the Genius X electric toothbrush delivers a deep clean to teeth and gums, removing plaque and food debris while preventing tooth decay and gingivitis. Chloe Irving, Health.com, 1 Feb. 2022 Stannous fluoride is an antibacterial agent that's proven to reduce tooth sensitivity and protect against gingivitis. Anthea Levi, Health.com, 16 Feb. 2022 Missing a cleaning, as the Woodruffs dutifully remind us, can result in tartar buildup, which can lead to gingivitis and bleeding of the gums and eventually cause irreversible bone loss around the teeth. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2021 The Waterpik Sonic Toothbrush polishes teeth while massaging gums to whiten and prevent gingivitis. Chloe Irving, Health.com, 24 Nov. 2021 Not brushing our teeth properly or for long enough can lead to higher levels of plaque, which may ultimately activate our body's immune response -- eventually leading to inflammation and conditions such as gingivitis. Josefine Hirschfeld, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gingivitis was in 1860

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Cite this Entry

“Gingivitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gingivitis. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

gingivitis

noun

gin·​gi·​vi·​tis ˌjin-jə-ˈvīt-əs How to pronounce gingivitis (audio)
: inflammation of the gums

Medical Definition

gingivitis

noun

gin·​gi·​vi·​tis ˌjin-jə-ˈvīt-əs How to pronounce gingivitis (audio)
: inflammation of the gums that is often accompanied by tenderness and bleeding

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