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How is gingivitis treated?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered

Specializes in Pathology

Oral care: Dentist can remove tartar and advise you about home care.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Debi Williams answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Brush your gums : Most people brush their teeth but ignore their gums. Make sure to brush the gums on both sides of your teeth- even if they bleed. Floss at least 3 times a week to flush food and bacteria from your gums. Your gums may bleed - but that is okay. The gums will 'tighten up' in a couple of days of brushing. Visit your dentist every six months to make sure you are brushing and flossing correctly.

Answered 7/24/2014

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Dr. John Francis answered

Specializes in Periodontics

Floss!: True gingivitis, or inflammed gums, can many times be improved just from better brushing and flossing, with emphasis on the latter. Most people don't floss, and that is a main cause of gingivitis. And it can begin in as little as six days without flossing. The cause is the oral bacteria, getting under the gum and your body's reaction to that inflammation.

Answered 3/17/2014

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Dr. Gregory LaMorte answered

Specializes in Periodontics

Triple play: Brush, floss and see your dentist at least every 6 months for professional care.

Answered 5/29/2013

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Dr. Dave Burns answered

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Keep it simple: Regular cleanings, brushing and flossing.

Answered 6/8/2013

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Dr. Charles Kattuah answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Swollen gums/Hygiene: Gingivitis is a descriptive term for swollen gums. The most common cause of this is the continued presence of plaque and tartar along the gumline of your teeth. The immune system reacts to the buildup by causing inflammation. Removal of these irritants will reverse and cure gingivitis. If left untreated the condition may worsen to periodontitis. This condition is the #1 cause of tooth loss.

Answered 11/21/2012

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Dr. John Mc Allister answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Gingivitis: Gingivitis is the only reversible form of gum disease. Usually with thorough oral hygiene it can be controlled. I would recommend visiting a dentist and have a series of x-rays and a full periodontal charting. This charting should include six measurements per tooth. With this information your dentist can evaluate and prescribe any further action.

Answered 12/31/2016

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Dr. John Francis answered

Specializes in Periodontics

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.

Answered 3/22/2014

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Dr. Tarek Hamid answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Inflamed gums: That is the inflammation of gums margins around teeth, if left untreated turns into periodontitis which inflammation of tissues around teeth that is deeper into the gums and harder to treat. I recommend seeing your dentist and getting the proper treatment and also to maintain good oral hygiene through brushing , flossing and eating healthy foods.

Answered 9/28/2016

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