Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease that can be reversed if treated. Without treatment, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a more serious type of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss.1

So, when you first notice signs of gum problems – red, swollen gums and bleeding when brushing2 – it’s vital to get tough on reducing plaque. Products like Corsodyl Original toothpaste and Corsodyl Mint Mouthwash* can help with plaque control, alongside making an appointment with your dentist.

Learn about the ingredients in toothpastes that help combat gingivitis below, plus what your daily oral care routine should contain to reduce your risk of gum disease.

Ingredients in Toothpaste for Gingivitis

If you’ve noticed your gums bleeding when you brush your teeth, or when you eat hard foods like apples, be sure to make a dentist appointment.2

To help prevent gum disease at home, it’s important to keep up a good oral hygiene routine – this can be aided by getting yourself some toothpaste with ingredients known to reduce your risk of gingivitis.3,6,7,8 These include:

Sodium Bicarbonate

Sodium bicarbonate is included in some Corsodyl toothpastes, such as Corsodyl Original toothpaste, as it helps maximise the removal of plaque build-up. One study showed that when participants brushed their teeth twice a day with a sodium bicarbonate toothpaste, their gum bleeding and plaque levels decreased compared to a non-sodium bicarbonate control, with improvements noted from as early as 6 weeks into the 24-week study.3


Triclosan is an antibacterial ingredient that helps fight against biofilms of plaque bacteria.6 A review of studies looking into the effects of triclosan for controlling plaque and gingivitis found that using a fluoride toothpaste containing triclosan reduced gingival (gum) inflammation and bleeding compared to using a regular fluoride toothpaste. The study showed a 48% reduction in gum bleeding and a 22% reduction in plaque and gingivitis in participants after using the toothpaste containing triclosan.7

Stannous Fluoride

Stannous fluoride is a compound commonly used in oral care products to help address gingivitis. It does this by controlling plaque bacteria which helps reduce gum inflammation and bleeding.8

Check with your dentist about which treatments they recommend for you. If your gum disease has progressed, you may need more than home treatments to prevent the condition from worsening.

Corsodyl Mouthwash & Toothpaste for Gum Disease

Corsodyl Complete Protection toothpaste contains sodium bicarbonate to help prevent gingivitis while Corsodyl Intensive Treatment mouthwashes are for treating existing gum disease. Read more about them below:

  • Corsodyl Complete Protection Extra Fresh Toothpaste provides 8 benefits for strong teeth and healthy gums, including helping to stop bleeding gums and reducing inflammation. It contains sodium bicarbonate to help with removing plaque build-up and reduce the user’s chance of developing gingivitis. This Corsodyl toothpaste also comes in a Whitening formula.
  • Corsodyl Mint Mouthwash* helps kill the main cause of gum problems within 30 seconds**. Containing chlorhexidine digluconate, it’s formulated to treat the early signs of gingivitis and help stop bleeding gums. The Corsodyl intensive treatment mouthwash range also comes in Original and Fresh Mint flavours.*

Alongside using Corsodyl gum treatment products, be sure to make an appointment with your dentist to check whether you need in-office treatment and for advice on maintaining healthy gums.

Oral Health Routine for Preventing Gum Disease

To help protect your gums from developing gingivitis, make sure your oral health routine contains these steps:2,3

  • Floss or use interdental brushes to brush between your teeth daily.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Toothpastes containing sodium bicarbonate, like Corsodyl Complete Protection Extra Fresh, can help control plaque build-up and help prevent gingivitis development.
  • After brushing, don’t rinse out your mouth with water. This helps fluoride stay on your teeth and gums for longer so it can do its best work.
  • Replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 1-3 months.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly. This becomes especially important if you are pregnant or have diabetes type 2.

Further Treatment Options

In addition to the preventative options listed above, you can also:

  • Use Corsodyl Original Mouthwash* for gingivitis according to the pack instructions if you spit blood when brushing your teeth.
  • Don’t use mouthwash straight after brushing – use it at a different time of the day.

Gingivitis Toothpaste FAQs

Can toothpaste reverse gingivitis?

Alongside an effective oral care routine and care from your dentist, using toothpaste containing an ingredient known to help combat gingivitis (such as sodium bicarbonate, triclosan or stannous fluoride) can help reduce plaque build-up in the mouth – which is a risk factor for gingivitis.3,6,7,8 If you already have symptoms of gum disease, see your dentist for advice on the right treatments for you.

Does fluoride help with gingivitis?

While regular fluoride toothpaste is great for preventing cavities and tooth decay, its benefits don’t include treating gingivitis. However, it can indirectly help to prevent gum disease by preventing cavities and slowing the growth of bacteria.5 So, make sure you’re brushing your teeth twice a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride.

* Corsodyl 0.2% Mouthwash, Corsodyl Mint Mouthwash and Corsodyl Original Mouthwash contain chlorhexidine for the inhibition of dental plaque formation and for the treatment and prevention of gingivitis. Always read the label.

** Plaque bacteria in laboratory studies.


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  3. National Library of Medicine. Efficacy and Tolerability of Sodium Bicarbonate Toothpaste in Subjects with Gingivitis: A 6-Month Randomized Controlled Study. Accessed 09/12/2022.
  4. National Library of Medicine. The use of sodium bicarbonate in oral hygiene products and practice. Accessed 09/12/2022.
  5. Medical News Today. Everything you need to know about fluoride treatment. Accessed 09/12/2022.
  6. Dentaly. What Causes Dental Plaque and Tartar? How to Remove Plaque from Teeth. Accessed 30/01/2023.
  7. National Library of Medicine. Triclosan/copolymer containing toothpastes for oral health. Accessed 30/01/2023.
  8. PubChem. Stannous fluoride (Compound). Accessed 30/01/2023.


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