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Is There Such A Thing As Pediatric Gum Disease?

Posted on 6/19/2023 by Fariba Mutschler
Is There Such A Thing As Pediatric Gum Disease?You may not have heard of pediatric gum disease, but that doesn't mean it isn't real. Many adults believe that gum disease is only for people who are in midlife, but gum disease can affect children as well. Here is more information about pediatric gum disease and how to prevent it.

What Is Gum Disease?

Bacteria cause both gum disease and tooth decay. The bacteria live in your mouth all the time and actually aid your body in digesting your food. However, too much of anything isn't good, and that includes bacteria.

You eliminate millions of bacteria in your mouth each day through brushing and flossing. However, if you don't have good brushing and flossing habits, you may experience gum disease. Gum disease begins when your child's gums are red or swollen- which represents Stage One of gum disease, or gingivitis. In this stage, your child's gums can be treated and cured.

However, periodontal disease- or gum disease- can progress to Stages Two and Three if it is not treated. In Stages Two and Three, a child's gums can become permanently damaged. Not only will severe tooth decay and gum disease affect the permanent teeth that may be coming in, but also can result in those teeth not coming in at all. Gum disease can become a lifelong problem.

How Can I Make Sure My Child's Gums Are Healthy?

Although gum disease is serious, you can help your child have good dental health moving forward. Be sure they are brushing thoroughly and flossing each morning and evening. Also, be sure that you take your children to the dentist twice a year. Dentists can check your child's teeth to make sure that they are brushing and flossing correctly and let you know if there are any spots on their teeth and gums they need to brush better. When children brush and floss correctly, and visit the dentist regularly, their chances of having gum disease are incredibly small.
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