What To Do If Your Child Has Gingivitis
October 28, 2017 ABC Children's Dentistry
When we hear the term “gum disease,” it’s tempting to think that only adults experience it. But that’s far from the truth. For example, gingivitis is a condition that crosses all age barriers, and needs to be taken seriously as soon as the first symptoms arise.
In this issue, we’ll talk more about gingivitis; what causes it, how to spot it and what can be done about it.
What is gingivitis?
It’s the earliest stage of gum disease, and is typically caused by a bacterial infection. The good news is that its reversible with the right kind of treatment. If, however, it’s left untreated, it can progress into periodontitis, a serious gum infection that can damage the soft tissue and bone that supports your child’s teeth.
What causes gingivitis?
The most commonly reported cause of gingivitis is allowing plaque – a thin line of bacteria – to form on the tooth surface and advance to below the gum line after hardening into tartar.
What are the symptoms of gingivitis?
Keep in mind that healthy gums are firm and pink, and will fit snugly around the teeth. Among the signs and symptoms of gingivitis are:
- Dark red gums
- Bad breath
- Gums that bleed easily
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Bleeding gums
What should I do if my child has gingivitis?
Your first order of business should be to take your child to the dentist for a professional cleaning; this will be the first step in reversing gingivitis.
You should also:
- Commit to changing the snacks your child eats (good suggestions include cheese, veggies and yogurt)
- Observe your child as he/she brushes and flosses to make sure it’s being done correctly
- Schedule regular checkups with your child’s dentist
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