Gum Disease is an oral health condition that starts as early as age two. It begins with inflammation of the gums, which causes irritation and loosening of the teeth. This will eventually weaken the teeth, allowing decay and infection to spread through the mouth. While it is common, it can cause serious complications in the future. Preventing gum disease can help your child’s health and teeth. It will also give them a healthy smile as they grow older.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
- Smooth and shiny gums
- Sore or bleeding gums when brushing
- Bad breath
- Gums that pull away from the teeth
- Loosening of teeth
Prevention is key!
- Check the back of your child’s mouth daily to look for any bleeding. If you find any red areas, do not hesitate to contact our experienced dentist as soon as possible.
- We recommend having your child brush immediately after every meal and at least twice per day with a toothbrush with a soft bristle for extra help in cleaning their teeth and gums.
- We recommend flossing once per day.
- Encourage your child to drink milk and eat other dairy products at least three times per day, as it will provide them with calcium that the teeth need to stay healthy and strong.
- Limit your child’s sugar intake as much as possible.
- Have your child see our dentist every six months for regular cleanings and checkups.
There is an option for your child to receive deep cleaning along with cosmetic dentistry if necessary. This will help restore their smile and eliminate any pain they are experiencing. The cleaning is done using a special tool called a scaler that acts as a toothbrush and gently cleans the teeth. If you notice any sensitivity after the cleaning, we recommend rinsing the mouth out with a solution called chlorhexidine gluconate to help.