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Have you defeated gingivitis before?

Asked by _Whitetigress (4372points) July 31st, 2012

What was it like?

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Pandora's avatar

Working on it now. I’ll let you know how it goes. I am interested to hear if anyone else has succeeded.

gondwanalon's avatar

I had gingivitis when I was in my 30’s because I never flossed. I had two treatments of subgingival curettage (deep cleaning) but I still would not floss regularly. Finally the dentist did what he called a “perio” (Periodontal cleaning) where he cut the gums with a scalpel and pealed back the gums to scrape the bone clean. He did all four quadrants of my mouth in 4 office visits. Each time it was quite painful during and after the treatment. That experience was enough for me to realize that I have no choice about flossing. I have to do it every day which I’ve done that for the last 30 years. Nowadays I floss after every time that I eat and I have very healthy gums.

Eleonora's avatar

Yes ! gingivitis is inflammation because there are some bacterial or plaque underneath the gum. to get rid of gingivitis brush your teeth many times a day and brush your teeth like a ‘massage’ brush always down directions never brush it up because the plaque will get underneath it again and will be same. do not try to use denta floss because that hurts the gum and get irretated

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Every dentist I have ever been to, and it is many from moving around, has said that the best thing to do to prevent gum disease and gingivitis is to floss daily, if not more. They have all said that it is even more important than brushing.

Several have commented that my gums are receded, which is most likely due to brushing too hard with the up and down stroke that @Eleonora describes. This makes me susceptible to gingivitis and gum disease. As @gondwanalon points out, it may be brought back under control, but the process is costly and painful.

There is also the flip side. People can get paranoid about having halitosis when they don’t. While the best way to find out is to visit a dentist, one can always read up on it. Here is one source. Mayo Clinic – Gingivitis

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