Children and Gum Disease

Children and Gum DiseaseIt is very important to instill good oral hygiene habits into your children so that they will take proper care of their teeth and gums on their own. Cavities and other oral health problems can easily occur in children, who are more likely to eat more sugary foods and not properly brush and floss their teeth. However, cavities are relatively easy to treat while other problems are a lot more painful and a lot more difficult to cure.

Gum disease in children can result in excessive bleeding of the gums, swollen gum tissue, gum recession, and persistent bad breath. Children who are going through puberty may be at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease due to hormonal changes occurring in the body. Gum sensitivity may be heightened, and the increase in blood flow to the gum tissues can result in tender or red gums.

No matter how old your child is, he or she should be practicing good oral hygiene maintenance. This includes brushing and flossing twice a day or after every meal. And you should schedule regular dental examinations for them at least twice a year so that a professional can examine their oral health and make any necessary recommendations.


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