While many associate gum disease and dental problems with older adults, they may miss signs of gum disease in children. Children are susceptible to developing gum disease and associated health problems just as adults are. The most common type of gum disease in children is gingivitis, which is the first stage of periodontitis. Signs and symptoms of gum disease in children are bleeding gums, especially while brushing, gums that are swollen, gums that are red and tender, persistent bad breath, and receding gums. At Family & Cosmetic Dental Care, we are a comprehensive dental practice that wants to keep the mouths of your entire family healthy.
There are genetic factors that do play a role in determining whether children are at a higher risk for developing gum disease. Children of parents with gum disease have a much higher risk of also having children with gum infections. Parents with a history of gum disease are thoroughly encouraged to ensure that their children are practicing optimal oral hygiene care at home and that they visit the dentist twice a year. Poor dental hygiene puts children at risk for developing gum disease. When plaque builds up in the mouth, it is broken down by an increased number of bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria can enter the living tissues of the mouth and travel to other areas of the body, leading to very serious illnesses and medical conditions in children, as well as adults.
While gingivitis is the most common form of gum disease, and while it is reversible when treated in a timely manner – if left untreated, gingivitis will undoubtedly develop into serious periodontitis. At Family & Cosmetic Dental Care, Dr. Mitul Patel is devoted to the health of all of his patients. Dr. Patel understands the links between oral health and overall health, and he is committed to providing his patients – young and old – with the best in dental care. Call now to schedule an appointment for you and your family.
Posted by Mitul Patel DDS, Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
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