FAQ - Gingivitis
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I notice when I brush my teeth my gums are starting to receed. Is this gingivitis? And if so how do you get rid of it?

It is gum recession.
Gingivitis is swollen, red, irritated gums that bleed when you brush them.
For gum recession: start with proper brushing techniques. Extra soft brush, brush (for upper teeth) with toothbrush pointed upwards, in small circular motions just above the gum line and move down the tooth. For each section always go back up above the gum line.
For lower teeth, brush pointed down, just below the gum line, small circular motions moving the brush up to tooth level. Re start below gum line with each section you brush.
If it is a severe case of gum recession-you may need to see a periodontist to have grafts taken from the roof of you mouth and placed where the gum line once was.  (+ info)


I notice when I brush my teeth my gums are starting to receed. Is this gingivitis? And if so how do you get rid of it?

Its possible. I would go to the dentist. Our gums can tell us a lot about our health. A dentist is the only one who can tell for sure. It could be something else.

Good luck to you!!  (+ info)

How can you get rid of gingivitis with braces on?

I'm 13 and have braces on. I also have mild gingivitis. How can I get rid of it?

Would a waterpik or electric toothbrush help? Is it common to have gingivitis with braces on?


my girl friend worked in dental offices and i do remember when since she always yells at the fact i don't take my time to properly brush my teeth. i talk to her about it recently..and here it is: it depends on ur technique and then the type of bristle of ur tooth brush. u an have non electric tooth brush but need to message ur gum at te same time with it...i dunno how to demonstrate it to u. without pressure on the gums, with electric tooth brush she always tells me that i have to position the bristle on the edge of my teeth/gum and allow at least 3 second per contact to allow brushing. since ten my gum r healthy in appearance and she checks em every week in mouth.

she has braces (for a year now) and i noticed her brushing she always changes the direction of bristles of her tooth brush to access more surface..but she takes more than 2 min with care of teeth every night! if u have problem with mechanical brush than buy electric and be gentle on ur gums since ortho treatment can cause gum recession...for the rest i'd have to ask her or call ur dentist and talk to the qualified person on the phone..i believe the ortho office is responsible to answer ur questions..what's the point of paying big bucks for ortho if u don't get full service!  (+ info)

How can I treat gingivitis at home?

Well, I have slight gingivitis, so I would like to know some easy at-home remedies for gums. Today, I've tried a hydrogen peroxide mouthwash, brushing and flossing teeth more regularly, but are there any others? Is there a recommended toothpaste I can use for it as well?

I had a problem with gingivitis myself, and the best cure is to use Listerine twice every day. Keep brushing and flossing, of course, but Listerine is what really took care of the gingivitis.

This also works on early periodontis, but you still need to have your hygenists clean your teeth regularly.  (+ info)

What are the signs that gingivitis has become severe?

What are the signs that a case of gingivitis has gone from a moderate case to a severe case?
If I could find it on Google I wouldn't have asked. Also, I can't get to a dentist right now. It's not for me, so I'm not going to try and find one at 4AM in a state I don't live in.

There are several signs but you don't necessarily have to have all the signs:
1. Spontaneous bleeding or upon touch.
2. Loss of the knife edge appearance of the interdental papllae (the triangular gum tissue between the teeth) & the gums become more retracted.
3. Loss of the gum contour & festooning as it becomes mor swollen & flat.
4. Loss of stippling (Normally, the gums texture is like the orange peel appearance which is lost due to inflammation)
5. Bad taste & foul odour.
6. Sometimes the color of the gums become redder.
7. Due to severe inflammation, the teeth might feel a bit mobile.  (+ info)

How does having gingivitis cause heart disease and stroke?

So I know that getting gingivitis can cause heart disease and stroke but when people tell you that information they never tell you how or why which is really baffling. You'd think if someone is stating a fact they tell you the reason why. So how is this all connected? why do you get heart disease and/or stroke from gingivitis?

heard of foci of infection? These become source of infection. People who already have heart valve replaced needs to be more careful. The infection in the gums can travel to the heart & cause infective endocarditis.  (+ info)

What is the effect of bleaching your teeth while you have gingivitis?

What is the effect of bleaching your teeth (like with PlusWhite) while you have gingivitis?

it can worsen gingivitis because teeth whitening chemicals cause gum inflammation even if you have no gum problems in the first place.

before you go for any "beauty" enhancement procedure, i would highly suggest basic dental care such as oral prophylaxis. for what is the point of whitening your teeth if you neglect their supporting structures. i know of people who regularly use whitening solutions and yet neglect their decayed teeth which need restoration. i really cannot comprehend this.  (+ info)

How do dentists get rid of gingivitis?

I think i have mild gingivitis on my bottom teeth. The gum is disappearing from between my bottom teeth and its really starting to ache and the teeth are really sensitive. I'm 17

I floss, I use mouthwash, and I brush my teeth properly but it still seems to slowly be getting worse.

How do I stop the gums disappearing? Will the gums grow back?
How will my dentist cure this if I point it out to him?

It sounds like you have more than just a mild case of gingivitis. It seems advanced and will require so degree of treatment by the dentist or hygienist. It can range from a basis cleaning to a deep scaling. This will be combined with placing you on a good program of home care along with regular preventive visits twice a year. Good luck.  (+ info)

How long does it take for sore gums to heal once you eliminate gingivitis?

I had a mild case of gingivitis (but no dentist in my area has an open appointment) so I started vigorously brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. It has caused a lot of bleeding and pain, but I saw an improvement in my gums and their color. However, now my gums hurt like hell! It has been four days and I am popping ibuprofen every four hours to suppress the pain. How long does that pain usually last for? I have not been able to eat anything solid for a week now.

You are right bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease. even though they bleed when you brush them this is the only thing that will make them better but i would advise on not brushing your teeth vigorously as this can cause the gums to be damaged and receed. continue flossing and use a mouthwash specific to gum disease like corsodyl
do you smoke? as this is a significant factor in gum disease
you need to find yourself a dentist asap as in severe acute conditions of dental disease you may require antibiotics
good luck x  (+ info)

How long to rid of Gingivitis?

I went a couple months without brushing my teeth because I had lost my toothbrush. I know, ew.

Anyway, I now have gingivitis in my top and bottom gums. I've been brushing twice a day for the past 3 days, and every time I brush just a little bit my gums bleed like crazy. I floss once a day in addition, and use mouthwash twice a day.

How long will it take for this painful dental disease to GTFO?

Have you seen a dentist? It may take a while, depending on how severe your condition is. Try rinsing with warm salt water several times a day too. Good luck!  (+ info)

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