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A 19-year-old female asked:

If i have gingivitis and i am starting to use waterpik water flosser, when will my gums stop bleeding when i am flossing with the water?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Keith Hollander
Dentistry 36 years experience
Not the only solutio: Gingivitis usually needs more than water-piking to eliminate the biofilm the bacteria produce from around the teeth. Its one part of the treatment. Use floss to disrupt the biofilm, use rinses like Chlorhexidine and Listerine to actively suppress bacteria and brush for at least 2 mins concentrating at the gum line. Many people brush the tooth structure but do not clean thoroughly at the gumline
Dr. Arman Roksar
Prosthodontics 25 years experience
Slowly over time : Slowly over time the bleeding should decrease. One must take regular care and keep up their oral hygiene.

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Last updated Nov 13, 2016

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