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What can you do to treat gingivitis?

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If you think you may have gingivitis, you can take some simple steps to reverse it. Start by looking at your oral health habits to figure out where you could do better. Do you always skip brushing before bed or forget to floss? If so, put reminder notes on the bathroom mirror.

Mouthwash is a big help in treating the disease. Make sure you use one that’s labeled as antigingivitis, antibacterial, or antiseptic. If you can’t remember which kind to buy, ask a pharmacist for help.

SOURCES:

Nadeem Karimbux, DMD, assistant dean, office of dental education, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston.

PubMed Health: "Gingivitis."

American Dental Association: "Plaque," "Mouthrinses," "Smoking and Tobacco Cessation," "Brushing Your Teeth (Cleaning Your Teeth and Gums)."

Merck Manual: Home Health Handbook: "Gingivitis."

Genco, R. "Periodontal Disease and Overall Health: A Clinician's Guide."

Research, Science, and Therapy Committee of the American Academy of Periodontology.

Journal of Periodontology, "Epidemiology of Periodontal Diseases," 2005.

American Academy of Periodontology: "Causes of Gum Disease," "Gum Disease and Diabetes."

National Institutes of Health: "Periodontal Diseases."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

Nadeem Karimbux, DMD, assistant dean, office of dental education, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston.

PubMed Health: "Gingivitis."

American Dental Association: "Plaque," "Mouthrinses," "Smoking and Tobacco Cessation," "Brushing Your Teeth (Cleaning Your Teeth and Gums)."

Merck Manual: Home Health Handbook: "Gingivitis."

Genco, R. "Periodontal Disease and Overall Health: A Clinician's Guide."

Research, Science, and Therapy Committee of the American Academy of Periodontology.

Journal of Periodontology, "Epidemiology of Periodontal Diseases," 2005.

American Academy of Periodontology: "Causes of Gum Disease," "Gum Disease and Diabetes."

National Institutes of Health: "Periodontal Diseases."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

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