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A 45-year-old member asked:

How do i get rid of gingivitis without scaling?

4 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Carstensen
Dentistry 39 years experience
How deep is it?: Gingivitis is a shallow disease of the gumline. If your teeth have sharp, infected, tartar crusting on them like barnacles, there is nothing except scaling that will help your gingivitis. If your teeth are clean and you still have it, ask a professional to help you do a better job of brushing and flossing.
Dr. Marguerite Myers
Dentistry 46 years experience
Ultrasonic/ laser ?: Tartar becomes imbedded in the roots of your teeth at a cellular level. You cannot not brush this away. This calcified, embedded plaque must be removed. If you deplore hand scaling, ask your dentist about ultrasonic therapy ( gentler scaling) or maybe laser therapy.. But this tartar must be removed some how.. Ask your dentist about using nitrous oxide or oral sedation for your appointment.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 43 years experience
Start today: You can bush and floss daily, but if you have plaque that has hardened, it needs to be removed so that your condition does not deteriorate. See a dentist to get the best advice for your situation.
Dr. Dave Burns
A Verified Doctoranswered
47 years experience
Polish: My dad always told me to get the mud off of my shoes before i polished them. This same thinking applies to gum disease so best to remove all tartar, calculus and plaque prior to polishing for best results.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

How long to rid of gingivitis after scaling?

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Dr. John Kong
Dentistry 19 years experience
No long.: So long as it's just gingivitis (inflammation of the gum only) and not periodontitis, you should see the good clinical results from the cleaning within 2 weeks.

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