What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a condition affecting approximately 80-90% of the adult population,4,5 and describes the inflammation of the gums (gingiva). Plaque-associated gingivitis can be reduced by good oral hygiene, and even better along with a healthy plaque management system, such as additional mouthwashes or medicated toothpastes. Periodontitis is a more serious condition and will arise if gingivitis is allowed to worsen and pathogenic bacteria colonise in the inter-gingival pockets. The structures that anchor the teeth to the bone are affected, causing tooth and bone loss.

Gingivitis always precedes periodontitis and prevention or treatment of gingivitis is considered an accepted method of preventing periodontitis.

As current treatments may be limited for short term use (1 month), there is an identified need to support the patient’s effort to maintain healthy teeth and gums in the long term between dental visits.

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