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Old 07-11-2005, 09:30 PM   #1
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Is gingivitis really reversible?

Hi all

I am 28 years old male. I had read many references about gingivitis. All mention that Gingivitis is reversible with scaling and good oral hygiene.

I had never gone to dentist for 15 years, than last February I had bleeding gum every time I brushed my teeth. Last March I decided to go to dentist. He did X-ray,pocket measurement, and scaling with electric scaler.According to his diagnosis, although my tartars were very thick I was lucky because I don't have periodentitis yet(only gingivitis), the deepest pockets are only 3mm and he did not think I need root planning.

After that, the inflammation was gone, of course I expected the gingivitis had gone forever, and I become strict to my dental hygiene (brushing 3 times a day, flossing, and using mouthwash).

Unfortunately, after around 6 weeks the inflammation came again although without bleeding but I could seee that some area of gum around my teeth were red and soft.

After 12 weeks (middle June) I went to another dentist, and he did scaling again, only this time he did manually because he considered that electric scaler result is not clean enough. He said to repeat scaling after 3 months and keep my oral hygiene.

Like before, after scaling the inflammation had gone for 4-5 weeks but they are starting to return now.

I am confused with my gum condition because I think I have done everything to kick out the gingivitis and inflammation but they still return.

Two dentist said that I only have gingivitis and not periodentitis, I also had 4 normal result for blood test that ruled out systemic disordes such as Leukemia or diabetes.

My question now :
Is gingivitis really reversible? or that only theoretically? could in the daily practical live many gingivitis patient have the same experience with me?

Please who has explanation and experience regarding recurrent gingivitis, I will really appreciate that. Actually I could accept condition that my gum is prone to gingivitis, unfortunately because I always read from internet that our gum could be normal again after scaling it makes my expectation that my gum become 100% healthy again very high.


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Old 07-12-2005, 11:09 PM   #2
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Re: Is gingivitis really reversible?

gingivitis is infection of gum, and the problem is there is always bacteria living in everyones mouth.

what that means is that you can not eliminate bacteria in your mouth no matter
what you do (without killing the person that is)

all brushing and flossing does is minimize the number of bacteria in your mouth,
it does not eliminate them.

I think your problem is that your brushing technique is not perfect.

you need to use so called "modified bass technique"

which simply means you need to put your brush bristle where the gum and tooth meets, and make vibrating, ziggling motion (which is easier said than done)

and concentrate does area that has swelling and bleeding.

when you see bleeding gum, brush that area thoroughly, try to make as much bleeding as possible.

if you do that, the bleeding will stop in few days.

Old 07-13-2005, 05:51 AM   #3
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Re: Is gingivitis really reversible?

Hi Ryu,

I can't give an exact answer for your question but I have pockets as deep as 8 mm. I have been diagnosed with juvinile periodontitis. However, I have this condition very much in control since 1994. (That is when I got my scaling done). More than brushing it is gargling that really cleans under gums. I use a herbal powder from India which, I am not sure, is available here.

I am not sure if you read about emu oil. There is one person who tried emu oil and she completely reversed her periodontal condition. I can't give you details thru this site so if you google for emu oil and periodontitis, you will find that info. She said she put a drop of emu oil on her toothbrush and then paste and brushed both morning and evening.

BTW, your pockets are only 3mm which are normal. I do not understand why your doctor is advising root planing. For inflamation, try gargling with salt water everytime you eat, and you will see very good results.

Hope that helps.

Old 07-13-2005, 10:22 AM   #4
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Re: Is gingivitis really reversible?

I hope its reversible
I went to the dentist today and was told I have some gum disease going on..
He wouldn't tell me a diagnosis/he just said I have to see a gum specialist.
I have a couple of deep pockets he said..
this sucks I have no one to blame but myself..
I became really depressed after I had a few bad things happen in the family
and I let things goI have an appointment with the gum specialist in two about agony

Old 07-13-2005, 05:13 PM   #5
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Re: Is gingivitis really reversible?

Thank you Parabellum,Kusum,Pittguy

Parabellum, I think you were right, my brushing technique needs to be improved, therefore I decided to buy electric tooth brush.

Kusum, although my gum deepest pocket are only 3mm, but the tartar was quite thick at that time, therefore I need scaling, but not root planing. Thank you for emu oil info.

Pittguy, I wish your gum disease could be reversed. Don't worry so much, periodental disease is not malignant disorder. I always afraid about my gingivitis because I was too much reading internet and always tought that gingivitis is a sign of leukemia. However, I had not realized the fact that even in developed country like USA 80% of the population have gingivitis.

Thank you all for your kind replies

Last edited by ryu1977; 07-13-2005 at 05:15 PM.

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