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how to treat gingivitis or a periodontal infection?

9 doctor answers22 doctors weighed in
Dr. Behram Dalal
Dentistry 31 years experience
Would recommend: Seeing a dentist. Gingivitis (inflammation of the soft tissues) is generally easily treatable with improved oral hygiene techniques after a good cleaning by your dental office. A periodontal infection or periodontitis involves the hard tissues as well, is more advanced than gingivitis and might require a gross scaling or periodontal scaling and root planing, an adjunctive oral rinse or antibioti.
Dr. Kayvon Javid
Dentistry 20 years experience
Cleaning: Brushing, and flossing regularly every day and after every meal. Getting your appropriate cleanings done with the dentist every year.
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 30 years experience
Gums that bleed: Gingivitis is the beginning stages, and by definition, your gums are inflamed, and you might see them bleed when you brush and floss. If this is left untreated, then the infection moves deeper into the jaw, and it progresses to the more severe, periodontal disease.
Dr. William Jakavick
Cosmetic Dentistry 37 years experience
Tx perio infection: Gingivitis is more easily managed than more advanced periodontal infection but regular visits to your dentist, scaling and root planing along with antibiotic administration if deemed necessary, and effective and thorough homecare including brushing and flossing 2x/day are your best bet to avoid a more serious situation with possible systemic side effects.
Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
See dentist: you need to see your dentist to have a proper diagnosis of which condition you have and then proper treatment can be explained to you.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Simple solution: See your dentist for evaluation, periodontal exam, x-ray and treatment options. Proper diagnosis is the key to a successful treatment.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
See a dentist: Gingivitis is a infectio n in the gums tissue and is reversible while periodontitis has progressed and erodes the bone that supports the teeth. Both need to be treated by a dentist or periodontist.. Treatment starts with a thoroughly cleaning the teeth with a procedure called scaling and Roth planing and a good oral hygiene program at home of brushing, flossing, and antimicrobials.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Depends: The severity of the gingivitis, your current home care and dental visit consistency, heredity, nutrition, etc. may dictate the progress. Proper home care and dental visits are the most important in preventing the progression. I would get an update from your dentist and the severity of your condition.
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See dentist: and be evaluated. You may need to see a peridontist.
Dr. Kevin Nail
Dr. Kevin Nail commented
Dentistry 11 years experience
Gingivitis is inflammation of the gingiva (gums). Improved oral hygiene can cure/prevent gingivitis. Periodontitis is loss of attachment around the tooth (loss or bone and connective tissue, gingival attachment.) Treating periodontal disease involves periodontal charting, X-rays, and deep scaling and root planing followed by 4-6 week reevaluation, continued maintenance, and possible surgery
Nov 25, 2014

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