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how do you get rid of gingivitis?

8 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dale Rottman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Professional care: Gingivitis is caused by a buildup of bacteria called plaque on the teeth and gums. The first step is a professional deep cleaning to remove all the plaque and calculus. Then a good home oral hygiene program is needed to keep the plaque from building up again. Home care consists of effective brushing and flosiing at least 2x/day and a antimicrobial mouth rinse.
Dr. John Kong
Dr. John Kong answered
Dentistry 18 years experience
Dental cleaning: Good home care (flossing and brushing) and dental cleaning.
Dr. Marguerite Myers
Dentistry 45 years experience
Professional care: If you have gingivitis which is an inflammation of your gums, then you should seek professional dental care. Your dentist will take measurements ( probe depths) of your gums, x rays, and perform a clinical assessment. They will form a diagnosis & recommend treatment which may include scaling & root planing, laser treatment, or something else. Then you will be instructed on home care..Take care.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Treatment: Gingivitis literally means "inflammation of the gum tissue". It is usually caused by a reaction to plaque, the bacterial biofilm that sticks to the teeth. Symptoms include swollen, red, tender and painful gums, as well as bleeding after brushing and/or flossing. Treatment includes removing the plaque and calculus. Failure to treat can result in tooth loss, decay, and periodontitis. Call ur dentist
Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Flossing: The disease is caused by bacteria getting in the space between the gum and tooth.Flossing helps get the bacteria out.
Dr. George Ayoub
Cosmetic Dentistry 18 years experience
Combination of flossing and brushing
May 7, 2014
Dr. Mazin Kizy
Dentistry 22 years experience
Brushing: Brushing and flossing correctly will usually do it. Make sure when you get your teeth professionally clean you ask how to do it correctly.
Dr. Mazin Kizy
Dentistry 22 years experience
Brush and floss: Get your teeth professionally cleaned and have them show you how to brush and floss correctly.
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 30 years experience
Don't give up!: If your good habits at home, i.e. Brushing and flossing, don't reduce the problem, you may have more serious periodontitis rather than just gingivitis. See your dentist soon.

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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 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.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How do you get rid of gum disease, gingivitis?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dale Rottman
Dentistry 44 years experience
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.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to get rid of gingivitis?

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Dr. John Kong
Dr. John Kong answered
Dentistry 18 years experience
Maintenance: Gingivitis is simply, inflammation of the gums. If you remove what's causing the inflammation (in most cases, plaque and bacteria), you should get rid of gingivitis in short order. Periodontitis (inflammation of gums and bone) is a different story though.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What can I do to quickly get rid of gingivitis?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brett Noorda
Dentistry 25 years experience
No quick answer: There is no quickie solution here because there are lots of things that contribute to gingivitis. It is usually due to poor hygiene, but other causes include diet, medications, genetics, smoking, and other diseases, to name a few. Start by seeing a dentist for an exam, cleaning, and eval of your risk factors. Maybe incorporate a strong mouthwash like listerine, and brush properly 2-3 times a day.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are good ways to get rid of gingivitis?

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Dr. Theodore Grellner
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 48 years experience
Thorough cleaning: Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum tissues due to bacteria on the teeth. The white cheesy "stuff" that you can scrape off your teeth when you haven't brushed in a while are colonies of millions of bacteria (bacterial plaque). Your general dentist and dental hygienist can help teach you better brushing techniques and can remove what you can't. Gingivitis will resolve with better hygiene.

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