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What can I do for gingivitis?

I was diagnosed with gingivitis and want to treat it. What can I do for gingivitis?

5 Answers

The best is to get regular professional cleanings and brush and floss at least twice a day!
With gingivitis, it is very important to maintain good oral hygiene at home. Brushing and flossing go a long way! If you use a manual toothbrush you should angle it at a 45-degree angle towards your gums and brush in circular motions, this way you can get in between the tooth surface and the gum - an area that retains a lot of plaque after eating. You may also opt for getting an electric toothbrush for better cleaning. Also, don't skip your 6-month cleaning appointment with your hygienist.
The best option is to visit a dentist, we need to clean your teeth, and then polish them, after that use a prescribed mouthwash, for a week, and practice good brushing and flossing habits. Need to ask the DDS if any systemic factors are involved and follow up as needed.
There are. Couple things that are a must. First is routine cleaning by your dentist. Second is diligent home care. Brushing two/three times per day along with flossing and use of a Waterpik is great.

Best regards,

John Zalesky, DMD, MBS, FICOI
Colorado AGD President
Gingivitis is an inflammatory condition of the gums. The most common cause is poor oral hygiene or irritants on the gums that cause the gums to appear red, swollen, and occasionally bleed. Gingivitis can be a reversible condition if treated early. The damage done by gingivitis can often be reversed by ridding your gums of the infection by routine professional cleanings, strict daily brushing, and flossing. Periodontitis is a more advanced form of gingivitis where the gums and bones are affected. Get your routine professional dental cleanings. Ask your dentist/hygienist if you would benefit from a prescription mouth rinse for gingivitis.