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Can Kids Get Gum Disease?

added on: March 27, 2019
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Gum disease is often considered an adult problem, but the truth is, kids, teens, and young adults are also susceptible. At our pediatric dental office in The Woodlands, we’re here to explain the dangers behind the disease and provide you with some key signs and symptoms to look for.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when the tissues and bones that support the teeth become inflamed. If left untreated, gum disease can result in some serious side effects, including tooth loss. It has even been linked to scary whole-body issues like heart disease and risk of stroke.

Some people are at a greater risk for gum disease than others. For example, heredity can play a role in someone’s risk level, but many times the risk factors are life choices and can be controlled. For example, starchy foods and sugary snacks are major contributors to gum disease. In addition to limiting or totally avoiding these culprits, here are tips to help keep your child’s smile healthy and disease free.

  • Start good oral hygiene early. Make brushing and flossing a habit and teach your child the importance of doing them every day.
  • Keep regular dental visits. The best way to treat gum disease is to catch it early. This makes regular dental appointments extremely important. 
  • Pay attention to smiles. Check your child’s smile for any signs of gum disease and schedule an appointment right away if you notice something isn’t right.

Signs of Gum Disease

Some of the most common signs of gum disease are:

  • Bleeding, especially while brushing or flossing
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Gums pulling away from teeth
  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away

If you notice any signs of gum disease in your child’s mouth, or if it’s time for a professional dental visit, give The Woodlands pediatric dental office a call today. We’ll check for any potential problems and work with you and your child to treat anything we find.

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