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Gum Disease In Adolescence & Childhood

Gum Disease In Adolescence & Childhood

Many associate gum disease and gingivitis as problems that only occur in mid to late adulthood. However, teens and even small children are also at risk to develop gum disease. There are a few different types of gum disease, which range in severity. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that, if left untreated, can eventually develop into periodontitis, which can be very serious and comes with some scary health risks.

Children, teens, and adults who suffer from immune deficiencies or type 1 diabetes are much more susceptible to gum disease and should be that much more vigilant when it comes to caring for their gums and teeth.

Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease

Below are a few common symptoms of gum disease to keep an eye out for in your children:

  • Gums that are red, swollen, or tender
  • Gums that bleed easily when flossed or brushed
  • Excessive plaque on the teeth or gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Teeth that are beginning to loosen or shift

Preventing Gum Disease

The best way for you to help your children avoid gum disease is by teaching them to practice good oral hygiene habits. These habits should include:

  • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time
  • Using a fluoride toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association
  • Flossing your teeth at least once every day
  • Using antibacterial mouthwash
  • Visiting the dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and exam

For more tips on how to help your kids achieve and maintain healthy and beautiful smiles, please contact Firestone Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. Our pediatric dental office is located in Firestone, Colorado.

Posted on Sep 11, 2017
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