Medicines Can’t Treat Gingivitis

There is a very wide-spread misconception among the layman that gingivitis- swollen, bleeding gums —  can be managed with the help of some medicines, mouthwashes, dental pastes and powders etc. No, it is just not possible.

There is one and only way of getting rid of gingivitis — by removal of local irritants. I mean thorough scaling (removal of tartar) is the only answer.

Mild Gingivitis in 22-year Old Girl

Gum Bleeding Provoked by Dental probe — a sign of gingivitis

The 22-year old girl whose dental photograph you are seeing here has the problem of gum bleeding while tooth brushing and also spontaneously gums bleed.

You see there is gingivitis –gums are swollen and you can notice tartar deposits. Once these tartar deposits are removed and she follows the oral hygiene instructions meticulously, Gingivitis stands treated. She is having this trouble for the last couple of months. She told me that she had gone to a dentist who had prescribed certain medicines with which this gum bleeding problem had vanished but months later it has struck again.

She was told that no amount of medicines, mouthwashes can treat gingivitis—these can at the most suppress the symptoms. But as long as dental tartar/calculus is deposited, gingivitis is not going to leave your gums.

In the second picture on the right side you can see that with just slight provocation with a dental probe, her gums start bleeding.  Anyway, gingivitis in such mild form and in this younger age group is quite easily manageable.

Mild gingivitis in 18-year sister of the above patient

Provocation with dental probe fails to elicit gum bleeding — her gums bleed only during brushing

This is the photograph of 18-year sibling of the above girl who also complains of gum bleeding while brushing her teeth. She is also suffering from the same problem –gingivitis. But in this case gingivitis is comparatively less severe in the sense that no bleeding could be elicited by provoking gums with a dental probe. Of course, bleeding while brushing is there.

Gum inflammation – swelling of gums – Gingivitis in this girl also will be easily managed in just a single sitting scaling procedure.

Both the girls have been motivated to be more meticulous with their oral hygiene, correct brushing technique was demonstrated to them and advised to brush twice a day and use of a tongue-cleaner was emphasized, which they had never used earlier.


About drparveenchopra

Dr Parveen Chopra is Masters in Dental Surgery.. with 35 years of experience in dentistry. For trying his hand in health writing, he studied Communication for seven years. He is a blogger since 2007- he enjoys writing in conversational style.
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