gingivitis

noun
gin·gi·vi·tis | \ ˌjin-jə-ˈvī-təs \

Definition of gingivitis 

: inflammation of the gums

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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 The good news is that gingivitis is reversible, and gums affected by it can be restored to robust, pink health. Allure, "How to Whiten Your Teeth: 17 Ways to Brighten Your Smile," 9 Sep. 2017 With proper dental hygiene, gingivitis is reversible. Ilene Raymond Rush, Philly.com, "What diabetic mice can teach us about keeping teeth healthy," 1 Sep. 2017 Daily flossing and brushing can usually reverse gingivitis. Amanda Macmillan, Time, "Why Inflammation in Your Mouth May Raise Your Risk of Cancer," 8 Aug. 2017 In its mildest form, called gingivitis, plaque buildup along the gumline causes the gums to become inflamed and bleed. Linda Searing, Washington Post, "Gum disease is associated with a higher risk for some cancers in older women," 7 Aug. 2017

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1860, in the meaning defined above

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gingivitis

noun

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 \

Medical Definition of gingivitis 

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

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