The health of your child’s baby teeth will be a huge predictor of the health of their adult teeth. While gum disease is not common in children, gingivitis is a common issue that can have long-lasting effects.
Periodontal disease is a severe, debilitating, and irreversible gum disease that can destroy a person’s oral health. Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease – which is why it must be taken seriously in children.
The symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen gums that bleed easily during brushing. Symptoms also include chronic bad breath and receding gum tissues (also known as being “long-toothed”).
The leading cause of gingivitis in children is poor oral hygiene. It is the parents’ responsibility to teach their children how to floss and brush their teeth properly. The easiest way for parents to teach their children how to care for their teeth is by adequately demonstrating how to floss and brush. Children learn from what they see their parents doing. So, if children see you making oral health a priority, they will learn the importance of taking care of their smiles.
There are times in childhood and adolescence when gingivitis is more prevalent among children. Hormonal fluctuations related to puberty often put teens at a higher risk for gingivitis. During these times, if gingivitis goes unchecked, it can quickly develop into more severe gum disease. When hormones fluctuate and spike during puberty, there is increased blood circulation to the gum tissues. (This is similar to what occurs to women during pregnancy.) If gum tissues are already slightly inflamed or unhealthy, this hormonal fluctuation can leave the gums vulnerable to gingivitis. Adolescents and teens need to be extra diligent with their oral health to prevent unwanted issues from flaring up.
At Buford Family Dental, we treat patients of all ages. If you are looking for a trusted dental practice that will show compassion and care for your child, look no further. Contact Buford Family Dental and make the choice to take a proactive approach to your child’s oral health.