The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. The first signs are puffy or sensitive gums, and gum bleeding when eating hard foods like apples or carrots. Gingivitis remains very treatable, and there are many products that can help to fight this disease. But the most import part of as battle plan against gingivitis is the patient! Awareness and good discipline are half the battle.
Oral care starts with a good tooth brush, but there are several elements of good oral care that all work together for maximum protection:
Remove plaque from teeth
Remove deposits from the tongue
Clean between teeth regularly
Use anti-microbial toothpaste to control bacteria on or in gums
Use anti-microbial mouth rinse to keep oral cavity clean and fresh