While we automatically think of periodontal disease as an ailment reserved for adults and elderly, it is important to remember that children can suffer from gum disease as well. In fact, gum disease in children can be more dangerous because parents and caretakers often ignore symptoms thinking that they can “bounce back” from unhealthy gums.
While its true that children have better resilience when it comes to unhealthy gums, ignoring symptoms can lead to more severe problems. At Fairfield Smiles By Design, we offer gum disease therapy to restore periodontal health. However, caring for your child’s gum health at home and in between dental appointments starts by knowing how vulnerable their gums really are. That’s why we’ve included several reasons why you should keep an eye on your child’s gums.
1. Lack of Oral Hygiene
Children today are more in danger of poor oral hygiene than ever. For the first time in 40 years, the number of preschoolers with cavities has risen. This is the result of parents who think the baby teeth do not matter since they will fall out. However, the gums suffer from lack of hygiene.
Additionally, children have a hard time brushing properly until they are about 9 years old. Dentists suggest brushing and flossing your child’s teeth starting at one year of age until they are old enough to do it well on their own.
It can be hard to get children to eat healthy. If the body does not get enough iron, folic acid, Vitamin B or Vitamin C, gum and tongue inflammation can happen. Make sure your child is getting enough fresh vegetables and fruits. Supplement their daily intake with multivitamins to ensure that they are receiving their needed nutrients.
3. Losing Baby Teeth
Losing baby teeth can be a painful process. The soreness can make brushing teeth a dreaded activity and children and patients may opt to skip brushing because of the pain. However, this results in plaque buildup which is the cause of gum disease.
When a child reaches puberty, their hormone level can fluctuate. This causes the gums to swell and trap bacteria. If gums are red and swollen, be sure to continue brushing and flossing and visit the dentist if gums do not return to their pink color and swelling does not go down.
Gum Disease Therapy at Fairfield Smiles By Design
The best way to ensure that you and your children are maintaining optimal gum health is to visit the dentist regularly. However, if you begin to notice the signs of gum disease (red, swollen and bleeding gums) visit Fairfield Smiles By Design as soon as possible. Dr. Cuevas can monitor the condition of your gums and treat gum disease. This can ensure that your gum health is restored before the bacteria spreads to other parts of the body. This can also ultimately save your natural teeth. For more information on our gum disease therapy, visit us or call us today at (203) 254-0545.
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