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If you develop gingivitis, you should use a gingivitis-fighting toothpaste (such as Colgate Total) to help reduce mild gum inflammation. Gingivitis is a common condition that's caused by a sticky film on the teeth called plaque. Bacteria in plaque irritates the gums, causing inflammation. Using a toothpaste that contains fluoride and triclosan can help reduce gum inflammation, according to the American Dental Association.
Jonathan B. Levine, DMD, Dentistry, answered
When your gums become inflamed, you need to bring them back to their normal condition. Once plaque reaches into the gum and gets underneath, it can lead to gum inflammation and, over time, bone loss (chronic bone loss is periodontal disease), then, finally, tooth loss. First, have your dental professional evaluate you. Chances are, he will recommend a gingivitis-fighting toothpaste. Most of them, like Colgate Total, contain specific anti-bacterial ingredients, like triclosan.
Should you prefer to take the more natural route, both tea tree oil and zinc help increase the ability to rid the area of plaque-related bacteria. One such option is Desert Essence Natural Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste (which does not contain triclosan). There are also prescription-only toothpastes available through your dentist.
Whatever special paste you choose, be sure that once the soft tissue (gum) has returned to its healthy state, you switch back to a toothpaste that doesn't contain an active gingival-fighting ingredient. A less stringent toothpaste will maintain a better balance in your mouth, which, in turn, strengthen your immune response, and your mouth ability to fight infection.