Overview

Gingivitis is an infection of the gums. If left untreated, it can become a more severe infection known as periodontitis. The American Dental Association (ADA) states that gingivitis and periodontitis are the major causes of tooth loss in adults. O[read article]

Tests for Gingivitis

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Dental Examination
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A physical examination is a routine test your doctor performs to check your overall health. It is also known as a wellness check. A physical examination helps your ...  More
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Oral Examination
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Oral Diagnostic Probing
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Dental X-rays are images of your teeth that your dentist uses to evaluate your oral health. These X-rays involve using low levels of radiation to capture images of ...  More
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Medical Procedures for Gingivitis

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Dental Scaling
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Prescribed Medications for Gingivitis

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PENICILLIN G (pen i SILL in G) is a penicillin antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other vira...  More
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SODIUM FLUORIDE (SOE dee um FLOOR ide) gel is used to prevent tooth decay. It also helps to decrease sensitivity of the teeth.  More
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ERYTHROMYCIN (er ith roe MYE sin) is a macrolide antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other vi...  More
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CLINDAMYCIN (KLIN da MYE sin) is a lincosamide antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other vira...  More
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This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.  More
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CHLORHEXIDINE (klor HEX i deen) is used as a skin wound cleanser and a general skin cleanser. This medicine is also used as a surgical hand scrub and to cleanse the...  More
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Over the Counter Medications for Gingivitis

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SODIUM FLUORIDE (SOE dee um FLOOR ide) gel is used to prevent tooth decay. It also helps to decrease sensitivity of the teeth.  More
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CHLORHEXIDINE (klor HEX i deen) is used as a skin wound cleanser and a general skin cleanser. This medicine is also used as a surgical hand scrub and to cleanse the...  More
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Self Care for Gingivitis

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Flossing of Teeth
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Toothbrushing
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Dental Prophylaxis
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Herbs and Supplements for Gingivitis What's this?

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Zinc has been used since ancient Egyptian times to enhance wound healing, although the usefulness of this approach is only partially confirmed by the clinical data ...  More
Efficacy Grade B
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Borage ( Borago officinalis ) is an herb native to Syria that has spread throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean. Borage flowers and leaves may be eaten and bo...  More
Efficacy Grade B
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Bloodroot ( Sanguinaria canadensis ) has been used historically by some Native American tribes as a medicinal agent to stimulate the digestive system and induce vom...  More
Efficacy Grade B
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Borage ( Borago officinalis ) is an herb native to Syria that has spread throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean. Borage flowers and leaves may be eaten and bo...  More
Efficacy Grade B
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Chinese herbalists have relied on rhubarb rhizomes and roots for thousands of years. The rhizomes and roots contain powerful anthraquinones and tannins that act as ...  More
Efficacy Grade B
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Honey is a sweet, viscid fluid produced by honeybees ( Apis melliflera ) from the nectar of flowers. It is generally recognized as safe (GRAS), but there have been ...  More
Efficacy Grade C
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Yarrow ( Achillea millefolium ) has a long history as an herbal remedy applied to the skin for wounds, cuts, and abrasions. The genus name Achillea is derived from ...  More
Efficacy Grade C
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Tea tree oil is obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia . Tea tree oil is purported to have antiseptic properties and has been used t...  More
Efficacy Grade C
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Iodine is an element (atomic number 53) that is required by humans for the synthesis of thyroid hormones (triiodothyronine/T3 and thyroxine/T4). Chronic iodine defi...  More
Efficacy Grade C
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The genus name Urtica comes from the Latin verb urere meaning, to burn, because of its urticate (stinging) hairs that cover the stem and underside of the leaves. Th...  More
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