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How to Recognize and Prevent Gum Disease in Children

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Most people associate tooth loss with old age, but gum disease in children can threaten the integrity of young teeth. Pediatric gum disease generally falls into one of three categories. Chronic gingivitis is marked by mild inflammation and irritation of gums. The condition is preventable and treatable with good oral hygiene. If neglected, it can become more serious. Aggressive periodontitis refers to severe, localized inflammation of first molars and incisors that occurs in teenagers and young adults. It does not present with significant tartar and plaque buildup, but it does cause severe bone loss. Generalized aggressive periodontitis usually appears around puberty and involves the entire mouth. Heavy plaque and calculus buildup is typical.

Recognizing the Signs of Periodontal Disease

Recognizing early symptoms of gum disease can help protect your child’s oral health. Consult your dentist if you observe any of the following:

  • Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing or for unexplained reasons
  • Bright red, puffy gums
  • Persistent bad breath that is not alleviated by oral hygiene
  • Receding gums and exposed tooth roots

Puberty: A Critical Stage for Gums and their Health

During adolescence and puberty, increased hormone levels boost circulation to gum tissues. Gum sensitivity and stronger inflammatory reactions often occur during this period, so maintaining exemplary dental hygiene is critical. In some instances, your child’s dentist may recommend periodontal therapy to prevent damage to the connective tissues and bones that surround teeth.

Catching Problems Early or Preventing them Entirely

A successful resolution of gum disease in children is more likely when the problem is addressed early. Check your child’s gums and teeth for signs of gingivitis at home, and be sure that he or she also receives a complete periodontal exam during regularly scheduled dental visits. In addition, establish and enforce good dental hygiene habits early, and be a good role model by taking care of your own teeth.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Downtown Detroit, call Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue today at (313) 879-4769 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Downtown Detroit. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue.

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