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It’s not very typical for kids to have a severe gum disease, though some mild forms like gingivitis are still a potential issue.
Signs Of Gum Disease
Because gum disease can exist without pain or discomfort, it’s essential to be aware of the signs of a potential issue.
- Red of swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Bleeding gums during brushing or flossing
- Receding gums that pull away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Any change in the way teeth come together in the biting position
How Gum Disease Starts
Your child’s mouth naturally produces a sticky compound called plaque. Without adequate brushing and flossing, plaque develops on the teeth.
The germs in plaque produce toxins, or contaminants, that aggravate the gums and cause infection. As the infection increases in severity, it breaks down the bones and tissues that hold your teeth in place.
Gingivitis And Periodontitis
Untreated gingivitis may turn into periodontitis, the more extreme type of gum disease. The initial phase of gum illness, called gingivitis, is the mildest type of gum illness and is common in children.
Aggressive periodontitis can impact your child even if he/she is otherwise healthy. It mainly impacts the first molars and incisors, and is defined by the severe loss of jaw bone.
During this stage of gum disease, the gums become red and inflamed, and may bleed after brushing or flossing. Gingivitis is frequently pain-free, so your child might not mention it. With professional treatment and everyday attention to oral hygiene, gingivitis can be reversed prior to it progresses.
If you think that your child may be experiencing gingivitis or periodontitis, make an appointment with us at New Bremen Smiles right away. We can diagnose the issue, identify how far the illness has progressed, and advise an appropriate treatment.