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Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and the bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease causes gums to be red, swollen, and tender, and can cause the gums to recede from the teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to loose teeth and tooth loss.
Studies indicate that gingivitis is a widespread problem among children and adolescents. Chronic gingivitis is common in children; however, it is preventable and treatable. Regular at-home oral care, including proper brushing and flossing, paired with professional pediatric dental care, is crucial in the prevention of gum disease.
If gingivitis is left untreated it can progress into periodontitis. After time, plaque can spread below the gum line. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque stimulate a chronic inflammatory response. The tissues and bone that support the teeth are broken down, creating pockets where the infected gums have separated from the teeth. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and an increased amount of gum tissue and bone are destroyed. Often, this destructive process has very mild symptoms. Eventually, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed.
Although advanced cases of periodontal disease are more prevalent in adults, they can occur in children. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can eventually advance to a more serious stage of periodontal disease. A type of advanced periodontal disease, termed localized aggressive periodontitis, can affect young and healthy children. It is generally found in adolescents and tends to affect the first molars and incisors. Like other forms of periodontal disease, it is characterized by the severe loss of bone supporting the teeth. With localized aggressive periodontitis, patients ironically tend to form very little dental plaque. Another type of periodontal disease, generalized aggressive periodontitis, may begin around puberty and involve the entire mouth. It is marked by swelling of the gums and heavy accumulations of plaque.
To schedule an appointment for you child’s next professional dental cleaning and periodontal evaluation, contact Burg Children’s Dentistry today.
They were so friendly and my daughter loved them! They made sure I understood everything before doing any work. I really felt like they loved my girl and wanted to make her comfortable. I would recommend them to everyone!- Heather H.
Love Burg!! The dentists are fantastic, able to explain exactly what is needed and why. And they talk to my boys, instead of only to me; they include then kids in the decisions. Very patient and friendly. Love the front desk staff, too.- Jessica K.
What a great experience! My son has been terrified of going to the dentist. The staff was so kind and engaging that he didn’t even bat an eye. They were able to get more done with no tears then the past three dental offices we went to.- Sarah P.
We love Burg Children’s Dentistry! The staff is so kind and patient and they are so gentle with the kids. My daughter is four and loves going to the dentist because they make it so fun and comfortable. I’m grateful we live close to such a great dental office!- Claire M.
I love this place, but what is more important is that my daughter loves this place. She looks forward to going to the dentist. I did not grow up with the same experience. I’m confident that she is being taken care of on every visit.- Sara R.
Amazing staff. From the receptionist to the doctor himself. Very patient with my fifteen month old who wouldn’t lay down to me filling out my paperwork with a newborn in tow. Our family will be returning for sure!- Jon & Melissa L.
The staff is so great with my kids. On the way for his visit he says, “I LOVE going to the dentist!” Which is funny considering how much I dread it! Dr Nielsen is so nice and takes the time to explain everything he sees.- Christina T.
The folks at Burg Children’s Dentistry are excellent! Our four year old daughter loves going there and they have set her up to enjoy going to the dentist for years to come! I have recommended them to friends already! Thanks for a great job guys!- Watt C.
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