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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 10/14/2014)
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 an environment that can damage gums. The bacteria also form acids from starchy foods, which can lead to tooth decay.
Studies suggest that some 30 percent of the population is genetically susceptible to gum disease, and stress may also be a factor. Certain drugs, including birth control pills, anti-depressants, and some heart medicines may increase your risk as well.
With gingivitis, gums become red, swollen and tender 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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