How long does it take for sore gums to heal once you eliminate gingivitis?

I had a mild case of gingivitis (but no dentist in my area has an open appointment) so I started vigorously brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. It has caused a lot of bleeding and pain, but I saw an improvement in my gums and their color. However, now my gums hurt like hell! It has been four days and I am popping ibuprofen every four hours to suppress the pain. How long does that pain usually last for? I have not been able to eat anything solid for a week now.

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One Response to “ How long does it take for sore gums to heal once you eliminate gingivitis? ”

  1. ickle dentist82 on April 12, 2011 at 7:42 am

    You are right bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease. even though they bleed when you brush them this is the only thing that will make them better but i would advise on not brushing your teeth vigorously as this can cause the gums to be damaged and receed. continue flossing and use a mouthwash specific to gum disease like corsodyl
    do you smoke? as this is a significant factor in gum disease
    you need to find yourself a dentist asap as in severe acute conditions of dental disease you may require antibiotics
    good luck x

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