Gingival Clinical Markers
Chronic Gingivitis

Chronic Gingivitis

Color – The color of the gingiva may vary depending on vascular supply, thickness and degree of keratinization of the epithelium, degree of gingival health, and the presence of melanin pigmentation. The color may also vary depending on the location of the epithelium: attached, unattached gingiva, or alveolar mucosa.

Chronic Gingivitis – The following descriptors are characteristics of chronic gingivitis:

  • Slightly inflamed gingiva
  • Dark pink to a bluish purple color interproximally and marginally
  • Dark color usually associated with subgingival calculus
  • Generalized bleeding upon probing

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You have correctly identified chronic gingivitis by the pink, fibrotic gingiva with interproximal blunting of papillae. Tissues show minimal signs of inflammation but interproximal bleeding upon probing may be evident.
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