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Gingivitis, inflammation of the gums. Symptoms include swelling, redness, and tenderness of the gums, which may bleed with chewing and toothbrushing. Daily use of dental floss and prompt care by a dentist to clean the plaque from the teeth is the best treatment, before increasing inflammation leads to loosening of the teeth and periodontitis.

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