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Are your gums a little swollen and bleed easily? Then you may have a mild type of gum disease, called gingivitis. More than 75% of Americans over the age of 35 suffer from some kind of gum disease and, if these are your only symptoms, then you're in pretty good shape. However, if left untreated, gingivitis can become really nasty, so the disease is best dealt with early.
It is recommended that you see your dentist as soon as you can, but if you don't have dental insurance and can't shell out for any of the affordable dental plans on the market, which you should consider doing if at all possible, there are still over-the-counter treatments for gum disease.
Rinsing your mouth with Listerine, or a generic equivalent containing an anti-microbial called chlorhexidine, can help prevent and also help combat gingivitis. Furthermore, Colgate Total, which contains the antibacterial triclosan, is FDA approved to fight gum disease.
If you do notice that your gums swell and bleed easily, and are sensitive in general, see a dentist and try these readily available treatments to bring your gums back to top health.