gingivitis

noun

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

Examples of gingivitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This can help treat gingivitis and periodontal disease. Essence, 8 May 2024 This Crest toothpaste is our pick for fighting gum disease because it’s developed specifically to fight cavities, gingivitis, plaque, tartar and acid erosion. Isabella Ubaldi, Verywell Health, 19 Apr. 2024 In the early stages, called gingivitis, gums are swollen and may bleed. Lola Butcher, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2024 Other types of hormonal changes can also lead to gingivitis. Sarah Bradley, Health, 15 Feb. 2024 This gingivitis usually happens between the second and eighth months of pregnancy. Sarah Bradley, Health, 15 Feb. 2024 All likely make some promise to brighten, whiten, remove plaque, freshen breath, fight gingivitis, or be gentle on sensitive teeth — and yes, there are plenty that can do all of the above. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Peoplemag, 13 Dec. 2023 Research shows treating oral diseases prevents systemic ones and early-stage noma often resembles severe gingivitis. John Button, STAT, 16 Dec. 2023 The abrasive texture of the antler gently scrapes away debris while strengthening their gums and reducing the risk of dental diseases such as gingivitis or periodontal problems. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 28 Aug. 2023

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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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“Gingivitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gingivitis. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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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