How long does gingivitis last?

For some patients, gingivitis can be treated and reversed with a professional dental cleaning and by receiving instructions from your dentist on improving your daily oral hygiene.

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.
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Most studies indicate that gingivitis can be resolved within a few weeks with good oral hygiene -- twice daily brushing and interdental cleansing. However, each individual is different so if you think you have gingivitis, you should consult with a dental professional. For example, if you have not had your teeth cleaned for a while, you likely need this procedure too. Other contributing factors to the resolution of gingivitis can be systemic conditions -- people with uncontrolled diabetes will have a more difficult time resolving their gingivitis. If your gingivitis is related to orthodontic appliances, you may need to use a water flosser to control it since it can reach places many mechanical devices cannot.

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