Gum Disease and Your Child
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 child get gum disease?
You may think that it’s an adult problem, but in reality, studies indicate that gingivitis (the first stage) is a persistent issue among children and teens. While advanced forms of gum disease occur more often in adults, we have seen children with this problem as well. Chronic gingivitis causes gum tissue to swell, turn red, and easily bleed. Thankfully, gingivitis is preventable and treatable with a regular routine of brushing, flossing, and professional dental care. If untreated, it can eventually advance to more serious problems. Common problems associated with gum disease include:
•͞Long͟ teeth (receding gum lines expose the roots of your teeth)
•Discolored or deteriorating tooth structure •Gum depressions (holes in between the teeth in the gum tissue)
•Infected gum line (discoloration or inflammation of the gum tissue)
•Tooth loss or movement
Don’t let plaque and gingivitis persist in your child’s mouth! Proper oral hygiene, daily dental care, and regular dental checkups can keep mouths healthy and happy!