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how do i get rid of gingivitis without scaling?

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Dr. Stephen Carstensen
Dentistry 38 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 45 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 42 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
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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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How to get rid of gingivitis and how long will it take?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Good oral hygeine.: Probably the best treatment for most gum disease is regular trips to the dentist for check-up, and good oral hygeine at home, like brushing regularly, and flossing. Poor oral health can lead to infections that can travel within the bloodstream. It would porobably be best to do this throughout life since the gums can get inflamed again if these practices are stopped.
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Dr. Dale Rottman
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Good oral hygiene: Good oral hygiene is the key. Regular brushing and flossing to remove the bacteria or plaque off the teeth which is the cause of gum disease. A visit to the dentist would be the first step. If you have gum disease, it would be necessary to have a deep cleaning to remove all the plaque and hard deposits on the teeth in order to start the healing process. Visit your dentist regularly.
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How can I rid of gingivitis naturally?

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Dr. Sharon Perelman
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Gingivitis: If it is truly gingivitis , after a professional dental cleaning. Brushing and flossing effectively is the key. Gingivitis is reversible.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is there any way to further prevent gum disease by using sonicare?

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Dr. Keith Grimm
Dentistry 25 years experience
Yes: Sonicare, or any power toothbrush, is going to help prevent gum disease. They are more effective at removing dental plaque than a regular toothbrush. They are not the "magic bullet", however. Regular dental visits, flossing, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouth rinse such as listerine or crest prohealth are still the best bet. Hope that helps!
A 42-year-old member asked:

How long to rid of gingivitis after scaling?

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Dr. Gary Herskovits
Dentistry 40 years experience
6 WKS: You ned approximately 6 weeks to see results. Sheck pockets etc.

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