How to Cope With Gingivitis

When to See a Doctor

Most cases of gingivitis can be effectively treated at home with the remedies described in the previous section. But some symptoms need to be checked out by your dentist. The American Dental Association recommends calling your dentist if:

  • You have persistent bad breath.
  • There is pus between the teeth and gums.
  • Your "bite," the way your teeth fit together, has changed.
  • You have loose or separating teeth.
  • Your gums consistently bleed.
  • The gums at the gum line appear rolled instead of flat.
  • Your partial dentures fit differently than they used to.
  • Your gingivitis doesn't improve after three or four days of home care.

Take care of your gums and they'll take care of you--by holding on to your teeth. Keep our guidelines in mind to make sure your gums are in good shape.©Publications International, Ltd.This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Neither the Editors of Consumer Guide (R), Publications International, Ltd., the author nor publisher take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained in this information. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader must seek the advice of their physician or other health care provider.