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could you have gingivitis if your gums don't bleed when you brush and floss?

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Dr. David Padula
33 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Red and swollen gum tissues also could indicate gingivitis.
Answered on Feb 7, 2017
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Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Unlikely: Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gingiva (gums). When something is inflamed it typically bleeds very easily. Therefore, in most cases people with gingivitis will have gum that bleed easily.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Bui answered
22 years experience Dentistry
Rare, but maybe...: By definition, gingivitis is a condition of inflamed gum. Inflamed gum must bleed when brush or floss, unless it is severely fibroses in heavy smoking individual. However, you may have bone loss and the gum does not bleed (as in the case of ljp). Periodontitis is a condition of loss of periodontal attachment, i.E, alveolar bone, periodontal ligament, cementum.
Answered on May 15, 2016
Dr. Joel Doyon
35 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
No: If you don't have bleeding when brushing and flossing, then you can't have gingivitis. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gingiva, which means increased numbers of blood vessels which are easily damaged, resulting in bleeding. If there is no bleeding, no inflammation, thus no gingivitis.
Answered on Nov 24, 2014

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