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Gingivitis Green icon of tooth with gingivitis

Western medicine characterizes gingivitis as an initial stage of gum disease marked by irritation and inflammation at the base of the teeth, largely attributed to bacterial plaque and its toxins (Chapple & Genco, 2013, Journal of Clinical Periodontology). The disease progresses through four clinically defined stages, culminating in progressive periodontitis featuring significant bone loss, tooth shift, and painful abscesses (Tonetti et al., 2018, Journal of Clinical Periodontology).

In contrast, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) posits that gingivitis arises from disruptions in Qi flow, failing to nourish affected areas. TCM identifies liver and stomach heat as exacerbating factors and associates multiple disharmony patterns, including stomach heat and kidney fire, with the condition (Zhang et al., 2015, Journal of Ethnopharmacology). Both Western and TCM perspectives are substantiated by interdisciplinary research documented in databases such as the National Institutes of Health.

Image of man suffering from toothache because of gingivitis and holding side of face in pain.