Due to the high incidence of cavities in children’s teeth, fighting tooth decay is a top priority when your dentist examines your kids. The other main oral health concern that children and adults both face is gum disease. Gingivitis is the most common type of gum disease and if left unchecked, can progress to periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease. Here’s a look at how you can help keep your child’s gums healthy.
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums that is caused by bacteria. Although our mouths are full of bacteria all the time, the immune system keeps the bacteria in check. Infection takes place when the immune system is overwhelmed. Gum disease is an infection that happens when bacteria invade the soft tissues and bone near the teeth, resulting in redness and swelling of the gums.
Chronic gingivitis is very common in children, causing their gum tissue to swell, turn red, and bleed easily. The most important steps to take to prevent gum disease is to establish great regular habits of brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly. Here are some steps you can take to make sure this happens:
- Establish great habits early. When your child starts getting baby teeth, you can begin using toothpaste when brushing his teeth.
- Be a good role model. Children often want to do what they see their parents doing. When they see you brushing and flossing regularly, they’ll start to do so, themselves.
- Schedule regular dental visits. Your child’s first visit should be around the 12-month mark, which will help your child get used to seeing the dentist regularly. While you’re there, you can ask specific questions about how to keep gum disease and tooth decay at bay.
- Check your child’s mouth. If you see bleeding gums, swollen and bright red gums, receding gums or bad breath, it’s time to see the dentist.
It’s important to keep those little teeth in good shape and to establish a fun and healthy habits at an early age. Here are some additional resources to read up on about gum disease treatment for kids and preventing gingivitis in your child’s mouth. If you’ve still got questions, please don’t hesitate to give one of our 3 East Valley Pediatric Dental Offices a call to schedule an appointment to bring your little one(s) in.
Make sure to talk to your kiddos about the importance of taking care of their teeth to help them understand that happy clean smiles only take two minutes to make.
Both children and adults are capable of getting gingivitis, which can lead to more severe versions of gum disease. That’s why it’s important to brush AND floss regularly. If your child is due for a checkup, make an appointment today.