Gingivitis is the medical term for inflammation of the gingivae (gums). It is a mild form of gum disease and tends to result in change of colour, swelling and bleeding of the gum tissue, particularly when you brush or floss your teeth, or bite into something hard like an apple.

It is important to speak to your dentist and understand your symptoms before it develops into other problems.



The main cause of gingivitis is the build-up of plaque, a layer of bacteria that continuously develops around, on and in between your teeth, principally in hard to reach areas. What causes gingivitis is this bacteria irritating the gum and leading to it becoming inflamed.

In addition, small spaces or ‘pockets’ develop between your gums and teeth. Left untreated, these pockets can get deeper and develop into more serious problems like sensitive teeth or periodontitis.

The gums of smokers are also more susceptible to infection as smoking and the use of tobacco reduce the flow of blood and nutrients to the gum tissues.


Acted upon quickly, gingivitis treatment can prevent things from developing further. This is why it’s important to visit your dental office regularly as they may spot problems with your gums before you exhibit any symptoms. 

However, you can also take action every day to reduce your risk of gingivitis by maintaining good oral health. This includes brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, twice daily, with a toothpaste such as Corsodyl Complete Protection Toothpaste. It helps stop and prevent bleeding gums, and is 4x more effective* than a regular toothpaste at removing the build-up of plaque bacteria along the gum line (the area where the gum meets the tooth), helping to keep gums healthy and teeth strong.

*With twice daily brushing. Contact mystory.gb@haleon.com for verification


Find out more about how to care for your gums.