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How Long Does It Take To Get Rid of Gum Disease?

Updated: Dec 6, 2022

Your teeth can remineralize and repair naturally by modifying your diet. Most people have experienced gingivitis at some point in their lives as a result of poor oral hygiene practices. As the first and milder stage of gum disease, gingivitis causes inflamed gums that bleed easily with brushing or flossing.


Blood in the sink or on dental floss can be a rather alarming symptom – so it’s natural for people to wonder about how long they’ll have to put up with gingivitis before it finally goes away – and more importantly, how to eliminate the problem with success. 

Well, our dentist in Guelph is here to address this 


How to get rid of gingivitis successfully 


It’s important to note that some people are more susceptible to gingivitis or gum disease than others. This includes those with conditions like diabetes, those with HIV/AIDS, and even women who are pregnant. Additionally, there are types of gums that are a little more prone to infection than others. But, the good news is, it’s relatively easy for anyone to keep gingivitis at bay when proper oral hygiene practices are followed. This includes brushing twice daily for no less than 2 minutes or 160 seconds each session, and being sure to floss the teeth once daily, as well. 


The typical duration of gingivitis treatment 


If your gingivitis is due to a slip-up in oral hygiene care, and you’ve just started experiencing bleeding gums for no more than a few days, then your gingivitis has a better prognosis for being reversed if you make the necessary oral care changes immediately. 


If you’ve been dealing with gingivitis for a longer period of time, then a deep cleaning with our hygienist may be in order, in addition to potential gum grafting or surgical restoration. With that said, it will generally take a little longer (an average of 10-14 days) for the infection to go away following a

deeper cleaning, provided that proper at-home hygiene practices are continued to prevent recurrence. 


The best way to eliminate gingivitis is to not get it in the first place. 


Without prompt intervention and proper changes to daily oral hygiene practices, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis – the more aggressive stage of gum disease known to cause irreversible damage to gum health. 

So, if you’re due for a cleaning with our hygienist, don’t put it off any longer. Contact our friendly and experienced Registered Dental Hygienist – Camille today to book your visit!


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