Gum Disease and Your Teen
The most common cause of gum disease, or periodontal disease, is plaque. Regrettably, young patients often find out they have it after it’s been present for a substantial amount of time. Too often, the damage has already been done.
Can my teen get gum disease?
Absolutely. Studies show that the first stage of gingivitis
is a persistent issue among children and teens. While advanced forms of gum disease occur more often in adults, we have also seen teens with this problem as well. Chronic gingivitis causes gum tissue to swell, turn red, and easily bleed. Thankfully, teens can prevent and treat gingivitis by routinely brushing, flossing, and seeking professional dental care. If untreated, it can develop into more complicated problems.
Common problems associated with gum disease include:
- Long teeth (gum lines recede, exposing the roots of your teeth)
- Discolored or deteriorating tooth structure Gum depressions (holes that form between teeth in the gum tissue)
- Infected gum line (discoloration or inflammation of the gum tissue)
- Tooth loss or movement
In conclusion, don’t let plaque and gingivitis persist in your teen’s mouth! Remind them that proper and consistent daily oral hygiene and regular dental checkups can keep mouths healthy and happy!
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