What is included in patient education about gingivitis?

Updated: Jan 18, 2018
  • Author: James M Stephen, MD, FAAEM, FACEP; Chief Editor: Jeff Burgess, DDS, MSD  more...
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See the list below:

  • Good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, treats and prevents chronic gingivitis. If flossing is too much of a bother, then plaque-reducing rinses, used daily, have proven benefit.

  • Studies show electric toothbrushes to be more effective than manual brushes in preventing gingivitis. [28, 29]

  • Certain toothpastes, both herbal and non-herbal, have additional benefit.

  • For excellent patient education resources, visit eMedicineHealth's Oral Health Center. Also, see eMedicineHealth's patient education articles Gingivitis, Periodontal (Gum) Disease, and When to Visit the Dentist.


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