A 22-year-old female asked:
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started brushing twice a day and flossing at night for 3 nights now. gums are still bleeding after brushing and flossing?how else to treat gum disease

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
First things first: Were you examined by a local dentist? Have you had a professional cleaning within the last six months? Gum disease cannot be treated by brushing and flossing alone. If you have calculus deposits (which you most likely do), you'll need to have the deposits scraped off your teeth by your dentist or hygienist. Brushing will not do it for you.
Answered on Aug 24, 2016
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Great: Glad you're committing to improving your oral health. Bleeding, however, signifies gum disease and an overly long time since your last professional appointment. Please see your Dentist to establish a baseline, professionally clean your teeth, and review the best oral hygiene procedures for you.
Answered on Aug 24, 2016

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