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I was having plaque induced gingivitis. what should i do?

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Dr. David Milder
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 35 years experience
Brush and Floss: Brush thoroughly for 2 minutes, twice daily. Don't forget to floss. Consider an electric type toothbrush that will time you for 2 minutes. Aim at the gum line. Also consider following the brushing with listerine. Don't worry if there is a little bleeding initially. If that fails, see your dentist for an exam and possibly a professional cleaning and prescription mouth-rinse.
Dr. David Schleimer
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Plaque removal: Daily and thorough removal of all plaque will cease the gingival reaction. It is an 24/7 problem requiring diligence on your part. Good luck!
Dr. Kayvon Javid
Dentistry 20 years experience
Brush and floss: Gingivitis is usualy resolved by good oral hygine. You need to brush and floss after every meal. Make sure you see a dentist every six months for a proper teeth cleaning as well.
Dr. David Schleimer
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You do know that the "see your dentist every 6 months" is a marketing campaign from decades ago by Procter and Gamble? I think regular visits are important, but each patient is different. 6 months seems very arbitrary, and it will not be a substitute for daily plaque removal.
Sep 4, 2013
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Brush and floss: Gingivitis is caused by bacteria on the teeth and gums. Good brushing and flossing will remove this bacteria and prevent gingivitis. It is also important to see a dentist regularly to have your teeth examined and cleaned.
Dr. Maryam Chiani
Dentistry 29 years experience
Good hygiene: the key to prevent gingivitis is to keep a good oral hygiene such as Brushing and flossing regularly.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
The good news: only a few changes to your dental routine can help. 1.Stop early gingivitis and get healthy teeth with professional deep cleaning, daily antibacterial mouth rinses (e.g chlorhexidine 0.2). 2. Prevention: floss, electric toothbrush, tongue scraper. 3. Adequate nutrition. Take care.

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