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Other names: Gingivitis

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Gum disease is caused by a combination of genetics, poor brushing, smoking, and other factors like health. So to prevent gum disease, you should ensure your brushing is thorough. That does NOT require an electric toothbrush! It is easier to clean well with an electric, but how well you use the brush is more important. Mouthwash can help maintain gum health but has very little effect compared with good brushing.

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Dr. Richard Lilleker

Dentist

Basingstoke

Gingivitis is inflammation in the gums due to irritation caused by plaque. 'Cure' is not a good word to use; it makes us think that once cured it won't come back. Gingivitis is a result of poor brushing - it will come back if you don't brush thoroughly every day. Depending on the severity of the gingivitis, it can take from a day to a few weeks for the gums to heal.

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Dr. Richard Lilleker

Dentist

Basingstoke

Yes. If you have teeth and gums you can get plaque (dirt). If this is not brushed off then you will get gingivitis.

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Dr. Richard Lilleker

Dentist

Basingstoke

Gingivitis is caused by plaque (dirt) around the gums causing inflammation. The most effective way to treat and prevent gingivitis is to brush properly. Having said that, to answer your question: There are three main mouthwashes which can help with gum health: 1. Chlorhexidine based - like Corsodyl. 2. Essential oil based - like Listerine. 3. Peroxide based - like Colgate Peroxyl. Most other general mouthwashes contain fluoride - which is for teeth - but do not help with gum health.

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Dr. Richard Lilleker

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Basingstoke

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