Gum Disease in Children

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Would you be surprised to learn that there are a number of myths associated with gum disease? For instance, you may have heard that gum disease is extremely rare in adults, but did you know that it’s actually quite common. You may have also heard that children are safe from gum disease, but this isn’t accurate either.

If you’ve ever raised a child, you probably understand that convincing them to brush can be difficult and convincing them to brush thoroughly can be even more complicated. Still, brushing is extremely important for avoiding gum disease. You may want to monitor your child’s brushing and watch for common signs of gum disease. For instance, if your little one has bleeding gums, blood on their toothbrush after brushing, red or swollen gums, or complain that brushing is painful, they could have gum disease.

If your child has gum disease, they could experience a number of complications. For instance, gum disease can lead to sensitive teeth which could be caused by their gums pulling away from their teeth and exposing their roots. Your child could also lose their alveolar bone, which is the bone that helps your teeth stay in place. This will also make your child more likely to lose their teeth prematurely.

Fortunately, our team can offer you a few solutions for dealing with gum disease. Preventing gum disease would be better, but cleaning your child’s teeth may be enough to reverse it. If you’re interested in learning more about preventing gum disease, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at Texas Kids Dental by calling us at 915-858-6868. Dr. Jeffrey Erickson and our team will be happy to answer any of your questions. We look forward to hearing from you soon.