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Gum Disease

What is gum disease?

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.

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the first stage and mildest form of periodontal disease. Gingivitis causes an inflammation of the gums and is characterized by swollen and red gums that bleed easily.
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Does Gingivitis affect kids?

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.

What is periodontitis?

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.

Do advanced forms of periodontal disease, such as periodontitis, affect children?

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.

Diagnosing and Preventing Gum Disease in Children, Advice for Parents:

  • Diagnose Early. Early diagnosis is essential for successful treatment of periodontal diseases. Therefore, it is important that kids have a periodontal examination as part of their regular pediatric dental visits.
  • Check for underlying health problems. Be aware that if your child has an advanced form of periodontal disease, this may be an early sign of systemic disease. A general medical evaluation should be considered for kids who exhibit severe periodontitis, especially if it appears resistant to therapy.
  • Help your child establish good oral health care habits at a young age. Having an at home oral care routine is an important step in the fight against periodontal disease. Beginning when your child is twelve months old, you can begin using a pea-sized portion of toothpaste when brushing his or her teeth. When the gaps between your child’s teeth close, it is important to start regular flossing. If your child currently has poor oral health habits, work with your child to alter their habits as soon as possible. It is much easier to modify these habits in a child rather than in an adult.
  • Check your child’s mouth for signs and symptoms of gum disease. In between your child’s professional dental cleanings, check your child’s mouth for the signs of periodontal disease, including swollen and bright red gums, bleeding gums, gums that are receding away from the teeth and bad breath (halitosis).
  • Be a Role Model. Serve as a good role model for your child by practicing good oral health care habits yourself and by scheduling regular dental visits for family checkups, periodontal evaluations and cleanings.

To schedule an appointment for you child’s next professional dental cleaning and periodontal evaluation, contact Burg Children’s Dentistry today.

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Daybreak Office

4775 W. Daybreak Pkwy #103
South Jordan, UT 84009

(801) 999-4640


Orchard Drive Office (North Salt Lake)

3377 Orchard Drive
Bountiful, Utah 84010



Eastgate Office (Salt Lake City)

1580 E 3900 S #110
Salt Lake City, UT 84124



Hunter Park (West Valley)

2792 South 5600 West
West Valley City, UT



Oquirrh Park Office (West Jordan)

6973 South 4800 West
West Jordan, Utah 84084



Jordan Ridge Office (West Jordan)

8822 South Redwood Rd, Suite 201
West Jordan, Utah 84088



Winchester Street Office (Murray)

158 E Winchester St,
Murray, UT 84107

(801) 747-7895


Vine Street Office (Murray)

678 E Vine Street Ste 12
Murray, Utah 84107



Cottonwood Heights Office

7138 S Highland Drive Ste 216
Cottonwood Heights, Utah 84121



Lone Peak Office (Sandy)

1030 East 11400 South
Ste #101
Sandy, Utah 84094



Ivory Ridge Office (Lehi)

3401 N Center St
Suite 250
Lehi, Utah 84043



Lindon Office

275 W 200 N
Ste 175
Lindon, UT 84042



Stansbury Park Office

220 Millpond Dr. Ste 107
Stansbury Park, Utah 84074



Park City Office

1795 Sidewinder Drive
Ste 100
Park City, Utah 84060


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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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