gin·​gi·​vi·​tis | \ ˌjin-jə-ˈvī-təs How to pronounce gingivitis (audio) \

Definition of gingivitis

: inflammation of the gums

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Recent Examples on the Web Pregnancy gingivitis affects 60 to 75 percent of pregnant women. Rosie Colosi, The Atlantic, 28 July 2021 Plenty of people shared their own stories of pregnancy gingivitis in the comments. Korin Miller,, 8 June 2021 Her mouth contained bits of different bacteria and viruses that are all similar to stuff that’s still circulating now, including strains of strep and pneumonia viruses and gingivitis bacteria. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 19 Dec. 2019 There's a reason your dentist constantly reminds you to floss every single day: Flossing can help fight against gum diseases like gingivitis, while also combatting bad breath. NBC News, 6 Dec. 2019 This leads to issues like tooth decay, cavities, gingivitis, gum disease, and bad breath. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 6 Nov. 2019 These acids can eventually drill cavities into your teeth and cause gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Korin Miller, SELF, 26 Feb. 2019 While triclosan added to toothpaste has been shown to help prevent gingivitis, there's no evidence that antibacterial soaps and body washes containing triclosan provide any extra benefits, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, 4 Sep. 2014 Meanwhile, triclosan is routinely still used in many toothpastes — with the FDA’s blessing — because it has been found to prevent gingivitis. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of gingivitis

1860, in the meaning defined above

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“Gingivitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gingivitis

: a disease in which the gums become red, swollen, and sore


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Medical Definition of gingivitis

: inflammation of the gums that is often accompanied by tenderness and bleeding

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