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A 34-year-old member asked:

is it safe to use hydrogen peroxide for gingivitis treatment?

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Dr. Barry Levin
Periodontics 27 years experience
Not really: It's a good treatment for acute infections. Long term, there is risk of oral lesions, carcinogenesis and bleaching soft tissues which could mask the redness of inflammation. Proper plaque control, brushing, flossing, listerine should be combine with professional treatment.
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Buianswered
Dentistry 23 years experience
Yes but unecessary: Hydrogen peroxide treatment was made popular by paul keyes in the 1980's in treatment of gum disease. It is only effective in gingivitis but not periodontitis, as proven by the american academy of periodontology. However, with good oral hygiene of brushing and flossing and a regular periodic cleaning at your dentist/hygienist, gingivitis should be easily controlled.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What type of toothbrush should I use to minimize gum disease?

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Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine 40 years experience
Yes: Use brush heads that are labelled soft. Water pick type of oral hygiene instruments are gum friendly also.
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Agree with the above as well as flossing and water picks.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Does everyone with halitosis have gum disease?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Not everyone: Gum disease is not the only cause of halitosis (bad breath). Fishy foods, onions, garlic, scallions, fermented foods, coffee, etc..., can cause halitosis. Fatty foods may worsen stomach reflux, and send odors up to the mouth. Sinusitis infections can cause odors due to the mucus/phlegm in the nose & throat. Excess fiber or other "undigestibles" can lead to gas and odors coming out the other end.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is there a connection between stroke and gum disease?

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Dr. Steve Krager
Dr. Steve Krageranswered
Pediatrics 7 years experience
Possibly: A 2009 review of several studies found an overall association between poor oral health and atherosclerosis which can lead to stroke. The reason why is not completely understood but systemic inflammation may play a role. See study here: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/19757736.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is this gingivitis or periodontitis? Is there a difference?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 24 years experience
Differences: Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum only and has not progressed into gum, bone, and other attachment loss. It doesn't always progress into periodontitis. Periodontitis means the inflammation has progressed into the underlying structures and leads to bone, gum, and tooth loss. Early prevention is the key. Having a comprehensive exam can determine how simple or involved treatment will be.
A 19-year-old female asked:

Can you use hydrogen peroxide to limit the smell of your vagina?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Vaginitis: If your vagina has a bad smell, you may have a vaginal infection. You should get checked out and have it treated, rather than trying to hide the smell with peroxide.

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