gingivitis

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

Definition of gingivitis

: inflammation of the gums

Examples of gingivitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "This 5,700-Year-Old Chewing Gum Contains a Complete Human Genome," 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, "14 of the best Cyber Week deals you can still get," 6 Dec. 2019 This leads to issues like tooth decay, cavities, gingivitis, gum disease, and bad breath. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "10 Signs and Symptoms of High Blood Sugar to Be Aware Of," 6 Nov. 2019 These acids can eventually drill cavities into your teeth and cause gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Is a Water Flosser and Should You Be Using One?," 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, "Is Cancer Lurking in Your Toothpaste? (And Your Soap? And Your Lipstick?)," 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, "Triclosan wreaks havoc on the guts of mice," 8 June 2018 Meanwhile, triclosan is routinely still used in many toothpastes — with the FDA’s blessing — since it has been found to prevent gingivitis. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Triclosan could be really harmful to your gut, and it's probably in your toothpaste," 31 May 2018 Toothpaste is another matter, and Hammock points out that the concentration of triclosan is low in Colgate Total, while, at the same time, the incidence of gingivitis is high enough to warrant the compound’s inclusion. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "Is Cancer Lurking in Your Toothpaste? (And Your Soap? And Your Lipstick?)," 4 Sep. 2014

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First Known Use of gingivitis

1860, in the meaning defined above

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“Gingivitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gingivitis. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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gingivitis

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English Language Learners Definition of gingivitis

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

gingivitis

noun
gin·​gi·​vi·​tis | \ ˌjin-jə-ˈvīt-əs How to pronounce gingivitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of gingivitis

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

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