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Brushing Off Gingivitis?
What type of mouth rinse and toothpaste should I use? I have had problems with gingivitis and would like information on what kind of products can help get rid of it.
Answer (Published 9/25/2014)
Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease, an infection of the tissues that surround and support the teeth. The cause is plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth and creates toxins that can damage gums. The bacteria also form acids from starchy foods, which can lead to tooth decay.
With gingivitis, gums become red and swollen and bleed easily. Fortunately, with proper care, you can reverse the disease process and prevent further damage both to the gums and, more importantly, to the bones that support your teeth. Here's how:
Andrew Weil, M.D.
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