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How is gingivitis treated?

Gingivitis can be reversed with professional dental cleanings and good oral care at home.

A good oral hygiene routine practiced for a few minutes twice a day can help reduce your risk of getting periodontal disease and tooth decay. Always remember to brush and clean between your teeth, eat a balanced diet and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Gingivitis is treated by scaling, a procedure that removes plaque and tartar from your teeth. An antiseptic mouthwash may also be recommended to help remove additional bacteria. After the procedure, your dentist/hygienist will show you the proper techniques of brushing and flossing.
Gingivitis is usually treated with a thorough dental cleaning followed by improved home care and oral hygiene.
Gingivitis can be controlled and prevented the same way that many oral health problems can be prevented and controlled... good oral hygiene to remove the plaque. Good oral home care involves careful brushing, in addition to cleaning between the teeth. Brushing involves holding the brush at 45 degree angle to the gum line and moving the brush in a circular motion to allow the bristles to clean the tooth where it meets the gum and cleaning the tooth on all surfaces including the top surface. Cleaning between the teeth is partially achieved with the brush, but floss and/or interdental cleaning devices such as "Soft Picks" by Butler GUM are also necessary for thorough plaque removal.
Mouth rinses such as Listerine may also help in the avoidance of gingivitis.

Of course, it is important to have regular dental examinations to evaluate your teeth and gums. It is not always possible to self-diagnose health problems. Regarding gum health, they may look fine but serious problems may exist.

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