When we think of gum disease, we may picture older adults with receding gums. While it is true that gum disease is a problem for adults, kids are not immune to it. While your dentist is examining your child’s teeth for cavities, she will also be checking for gum disease.
Just like in adults, gum disease in children is caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar from bacteria and food on their teeth. This is known as gingivitis, which is a mild form of the disease. But if it is not addressed, it can become serious and can cause your child’s gums to become swollen and tender, and lead to loose teeth and damage to their jawbones. As teenagers go through puberty, the resulting increase in progesterone means that more blood will be flowing to their gums.
A cleaning, or deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing can be done in the dentist’s office. However, the best way to deal with gum disease is through prevention. To prevent gum disease, your child should brush at least twice a day for two minutes at a time with a toothpaste containing fluoride. They should also floss before bed, making sure that they floss below the gumline. Regular visits to the dentist will give the doctor a chance to do a deep clean your child’s teeth to remove plaque and tartar, and to look for the early signs of gum disease.
If it is time for a cleaning and exam for your child, yourself, or any other member of your family, our dentist, Dr. Sylvia Ramirez Flores at Flores Dental Care would be happy to see you. If you live in the Mission, Texas, area, call 956-583-0055 for an appointment today. We’re looking forward to your visit!