Do you have what it takes to stop plaque from harming your mouth? The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is caused by plaque that has built up around the gumline. The bacteria in this sticky substance can harm your gums, causing inflammation and gums that may bleed when you brush or floss. Later on, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis. At this stage the gumline can recede and plaque germs can cause damage to the tissue and bone that hold your teeth in place.
Not only can this oral health condition lead to tooth loss, but it also may be connected to health issues like heart disease and diabetes. Oral care habits that focus on fighting plaque can help to treat gingivitis and stop the later stages of this disease from ever developing. What do you have in your oral care arsenal?