Many people correlate oral complications like gum disease with adulthood because they are under the assumption that gum disease is a byproduct of age. While a vast majority of gum disease does indeed affect adults, it also impacts thousands of young children each year.
Gum disease originates with plaque, a bacteria-laden substance that blankets teeth and settles in around gum lines. The bacteria in plaque is full of toxins and attacks the gums, teeth, tissues and bones and causes infection. In its early stage, the infection is referred to as gingivitis. If not caught and treated, gingivitis will rapidly progress into a more harmful stage of gum disease called periodontitis.
Symptoms of gum disease are red flags and should not be ignored. These are some signs to look for if you suspect gum disease:
- Gums pulling away from the teeth
- Tenderness, bleeding, redness of the gums
- Bone erosion
- Bad breath
- Pus around gum lines
- Loose teeth
- Loss of permanent teeth
If any of these symptoms are present in your child, a thorough examination should be conducted. If caught early, gum disease can be treated and reversed. Likewise, if not treated, gum disease can become a threat to overall health.
Improper dental hygiene is the top reason that gum disease develops. Children should be trained in proper oral care and have exposure to educational demonstrations of accurate brushing and flossing. Studies show that children with good dental habits have a significant reduction in their risk for diseases that impact the teeth and gums. Other ways to be proactive about overall and oral health is to limit sugary drinks and food and drink plenty of water to wash away plaque.
Our team at Sycamore Hills Dentistry is passionate about helping children understand how important it is to develop excellent oral care habits. Please contact us to schedule your next appointment. We pride ourselves on creating and protecting healthy smiles.
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