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Gingivitis (cont.)

Gingivitis Treatment

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Removing the source of the infection is primarily how simple gingivitis is treated. Home treatment is key. Ultimately these home remedies can lead to a cure for gingivitis.

  • By brushing teeth regularly with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste approved by dentists, plaque buildup can be kept to a minimum.
  • Flossing is another means of removing plaque in between teeth and other areas hard to reach.
  • Regular checkups with a dentist are also important. A dentist is able to remove plaque that is too dense to be removed by a toothbrush or dental floss.
  • Severe gingivitis may require antibiotics and consultation with a physician. Antibiotics are medications used to help the body's immune system fight bacterial infection and have been shown to reduce plaque. By reducing plaque, bacteria can be kept to a level manageable by the human immune system. Taking antibiotics is not without risks and should only be done after consultation with a dentist or doctor.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/6/2014

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Gingivitis is an inflammatory process limited to the mucosal epithelial tissue surrounding the cervical portion of the teeth and the alveolar processes.

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