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Is gingivitis contagious can I catch it of another person?

Is gingivitis contagious can I catch it of another person?

Not normally: Gingivitis is not normally contagious, but if there are some other causes of the inflammation, then anything is possible. ...Read more

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Dr. John Francis
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Gingivitis (Definition)

Bacteria in the mouth living in a thin film is called plaque. Plaque that is not removed through brushing can harden and form “tartar”, a hard mineral shell, that brushing can’t remove. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or hygienist can remove tartar. When plaque builds on the tartar surface, it irritates and erodes healthy gum tissue. This early stage of gum ...Read more


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Is there any way someone can catch gingivitis?

Is there any way someone can catch gingivitis?

NO: Gingivitis is a sign of a gum inflammation usually due to an infection of the gum. It cannot be catch from someone else but rather a consequence of a local infection (food impaction, poor oral hygiene). ...Read more

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What is the easiest way to describe gingivitis/periodontal disease to a person?

What is the easiest way to describe gingivitis/periodontal disease to a person?

Plaque buildup: Bacteria, when not removed regularly, irritates the margin of the gums and you may experience bleeding when you brush and floss. That is gingivitis. It becomes periodontitis when the inflammation causes separation of the fibers that hold the gum to the teeth the plaque may start to cause a reaction that leads to bone loss. ...Read more

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How early can you get gingivitis? 40's? 50's?

IF you have teeth: Young children to elderly can get gingivitis any time oral hygiene is inadequate. It is simply inflamation in the gums. If you mean periodontitis then it usually comes later but it is preventable with good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist, see your dentist. ...Read more

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Is gingivitis hereditary?

Is gingivitis hereditary?

Bacteria causes it.: Gingivitis is inflammation of the soft gum tissue, the diagnosis implies that the bone that supports the teeth is not affected. Like some other conditions, you may inherit a tendency toward gingivitis, but you cannot not inherit the condition. It is caused by germs accumulating at the gum line. ...Read more

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How is gingivitis treated?

How is gingivitis treated?

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. ...Read more

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How do I treat gingivitis?

Conservatively: After a proper diagnosis by your dentist, a thorough professional cleaning is recommended. Once your teeth are squeaky clean, then meticulous home care, a healthy diet, and tobacco avoidance should allow your gums to heal to a healthy state. ...Read more

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How I can treat gingivitis?

Gingivitis: Have your teeth cleaned by a dentist every 4-6 months. Brush and floss correctly and thoroughly as directed by your dentist. ...Read more

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Is gingivitis irreversable?

Is gingivitis irreversable?

Not usually.: Gingivitis or gum inflammation is usually reversible if you remove the cause of the swelling with the help of your dentist or hygienist in addition to excellent dental hygiene. If untreated it can lead to periodontitis--an often painless swelling of the gums and supporting tissues which causes bone loss, affects heart disease, and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. ...Read more

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How does gingivitis go away?

With cleaning: Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums, which is usually due to bacteria-containing plaque and tartar at the gum line. Daily brushing & flossing prevents plaque formation. Your dentist will need to physically remove the plaque and tartar. In the absence of bacteria and plaque, the body is able to heal the inflammation. Gingivitis can also be caused by other factors, please consult your dentist. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Gum Disease (Definition)

Gun disease can range from gum swelling all the way to the bone keeping the teeth in place being lost, this can be be for a number of reasons, if you think you have gum disease please visit your ...Read more