Periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, is a growing concern for adults. It is estimated that nearly half of all adults in the United States have some form of the disease. In its earliest stage, known as gingivitis, gums are characterized by redness, swelling, and bleeding during flossing or brushing. Gingivitis is what is most frequently seen in children. If gum disease is allowed to progress, bone erosion may occur, gums pull away from teeth, and permanent teeth can become loose or fall out.
At Allen Dentistry, we know that a healthy mouth begins in childhood. Because gum disease is one of the top threats to oral health, we take seriously our role to help educate kids about how to care for their teeth and gums. Here are a few ways that parents can promote lifelong healthy habits:
- Demonstrate how to brush all sides of the teeth, at least two times each day.
- Let children watch how to properly floss and have them do it at bedtime each evening.
- Use products that are enriched with fluoride, such as toothpaste, water, and mouth rinse.
- Model healthy food choices that are low in sugars and processed foods.
- Prioritize routine dental visits for check-ups and cleanings.
If a child is experiencing bleeding from the gums, persistent bad breath, soreness when chewing, or gum recession, please come in for a thorough evaluation. We will work quickly to fend off the infection. If caught early, gingivitis is highly treatable. Our team at Allen Dentistry will customize a plan to fit your child’s specific needs. Depending on the stage of disease, treatment options will vary. If caught early, the standard treatment is a robust in-office cleaning followed by diligent brushing and flossing. If the gum disease has already advanced, root surfaces will need treatment and medication may be required.
At Allen Dentistry, we are passionate about pediatric oral health care. Come see us today!
Posted on behalf of Allen Dentistry