Can My Child Get Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease which is an infection of gum tissue. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums and can be found in both children and adults. This may surprise you, but nearly half of Americans over the age of 30 suffer from some form of gum disease, and gingivitis is . Yet, it is entirely preventable! Keep reading to learn what causes gingivitis and what can be done about it.
How is Gingivitis Caused?
Plaque is a dental hygiene evil, and we all deal with it! It will build up on your teeth to a small extent even if you brush your teeth and avoid sugary foods. Different types of bacteria like to hide between the plaque and your teeth. If plaque is allowed to run rampant on your teeth, more malicious kinds of bacteria will move in. When bacteria begins its mass migration into your child’s gums, their gums will become irritated and inflamed.
Top Signs of Gingivitis?
- Inflammation of the gums
- Redness or swelling in the gums
- Easily bleeding gums
- A receding gumline, making the teeth look elongated
- Recurring bad breath
- A constant bad taste in the mouth
How Can I Help My Child Prevent Gingivitis?
Plaque may seem inevitable, but if you make sure to knock the plaque out every day it won’t build up enough to pose a threat to your gums. Help your child learn the importance of brushing their teeth every morning and night for two minutes each time. Have them floss every night too. Provide your child with healthy meals and snacks that are low in sugar. Sugary foods can cause the bacteria in the mouth to produce acid that will irritate your child’s mouth and gums. Lastly, you can make sure to schedule your child’s dentist appointments every six months, so they can get a professional cleaning.
Visit Our Dentist Office
At Burg Children’s Dentistry, we know how to work with children professionally. We pride ourselves on providing Utah families with a fear-free environment for them to take their children to. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s risk of getting gingivitis, please ask one of our dentists. They’ll be happy to talk with you!