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How To Get Rid of Stubborn Gingivitis

You've tried everything and have resigned yourself to always having gingivitis - swollen gums that bleed easily. But, maybe it's not so hopeless.  In this article, learn the causes of stubborn gingivitis and a few unconventional gingivitis treatments. 

But First Things First

Before we stray too far from the tried and true methods of curing gingivitis, an honest self-eval of your current home care routine is needed.

There are legit cases of hard to cure gingivitis but many more that are easily treatable.  

This is my go-to home remedy for gingivitis.  If you haven't tried this for a week or 2.  You should.

And...Are you sure you have gingivitis?  If you haven't seen your dentist or hygienist for a complete gum exam.  You should.

What Causes Stubborn Gingivitis?

Stubborn or chronic gingivitis is caused by temporary or permanent conditions that irritating to your gums vs regular gingivitis that is caused by plaque or biofilm that you can remove.  Some examples are:

Orthodontic braces 

A dry mouth


Hormone imballance

Certain medicines

Stubborn Gingivitis Treatment

Treatment for stubborn gingivitis should include three strategies

1. Thorough plaque removal and gum stimulation.  If you are not getting results try one of these products:

  • WaterPik Flosser 
  • Sonicare Electric Toothbrush 
  • Listerine Mouthwash

2.Nutrition and vitimins supplements.  

  • A healthy balanced diet low in sugar 
  • Anti Inflammation Vitamins A, B6, C, D, E and K. 

Learn more about home remedies for gingivitis here.

3. Minimize the causes mentioned above. If you have a dry mouth:

  • Use a humidifier
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Use Biotene products
  • Apply Vaseline to your gums before going to bed

Learn more about home remedies for dry mouth here.

Gingival Hyperplasia vs Gingivitis

Gingival hyperplasia is over grown gum tissue that may or may not be inflamed.  With gingival hyperplasia the gums can grow over the teeth.

Gingivitis is inflamed gum tissue (red swollen gums that bleed easily.)  

Unlike gingivitis, Gingival hyperplasia is difficult to reverse and may require treatment to reduce the over grown gum tissue.

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