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What's the best way to treat inflammation of the gums?

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Dr. Mark Carl
Cosmetic Dentistry 38 years experience
Improve oral hygeine: Typical gum inflammation is due to plaque buildup and the bodies reaction to the bactreia in the plaque. Best way to prevent is proper oral hygeine. This would include brushing and flossing twice a day. You could also use listerine twice a day to help control the bacteria. This is not a subsitute for brushing and flossing. If it has been more then 6 months a professional cleaning would be helpful.
Dr. Zhiqiang Huang
Dentistry 13 years experience
Dental cleaning: Gum diseases (gingivitis or periodontitis) are best treated with mechanical intervention, i.e. Dental cleanings. Medications (rinse, paste, gel, pills, etc.) are just adjuctive. First of all, you need see your dentist for accurate diagnosis. The dentist will determine what type of cleaning is good for you. After the in-office treatment, you can maintain by flossing and brushing correctly.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 42 years experience
Care: You need both professional care, that includes at least cleaning and you need home care daily with brushing and flossing.Start with the dentist.

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