What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also known a periodontal disease or gingivitis, is a bacterial infection that causes redness and swelling in the gums. This can spread to the ligaments holding the teeth in place and even the bones supporting the teeth. If gum disease is not treated during its early stages it can result in tooth loss. Research over the last few years has linked gum disease to many serious health conditions including stroke, heart disease, diabetes and other systemic diseases. In addition, it can worsen any existing health conditions.
Some people are more susceptible to developing periodontal disease than others due to genetics. However, all too often the risk factors are down to personal choice and are easily controlled. For example, feeding your child a diet that is high in starches and sugars may increase their risk of developing periodontal disease. Failing to make sure they regularly brush and floss their teeth will greatly increase the risk of having dental problems. Luckily it is quite straightforward to look after your child’s teeth. One of the easiest ways to do so is to set an example by brushing your own teeth regularly.
What are the Signs of Gum Disease?
Children exhibit exactly the same signs of gum disease as adults; you may notice their gums bleed after brushing or flossing or that they look red or swollen. If the disease is more advanced the gums may begin pulling away from the teeth and your child could have persistent bad breath. If you ever suspect your child may have gum disease, please don’t hesitate to contact us as treatment is easier and less invasive when this condition is caught during the early stages.
Why You Should Start Oral Hygiene Early On
Here at the Kids Dentistry Center, we strongly recommend you start a child’s oral hygiene routine very early in life. This can begin even before they get their first tooth as you can clean their gums after each feeding with a clean washcloth or a damp piece of gauze. When that first tooth finally emerges, book an appointment for them to come and see Dr. Marina Krepkh DDS or any of our pediatric dentists so we can show you how to brush their teeth as well as how to floss. The process is much more easy when you’ve been shown how to do this by a professional.
Book Regular Dental Visits to Kidzania Dental
Regular dental visits are such a simple way to keep your kid’s teeth healthy and disease free. The usual recommendation is every six months, but a dentist may want to see you more often if you have gum disease. Many kids have anxiety about the dentist, but taking them regularly can help them become accustomed to it so they are far less likely to grow up with any fears or phobias. Our dental office is particularly good for kids and is designed to make visiting the dentist lots of fun. Regular dental checkups help us catch any signs of disease early on as a stage when they are much more easily treated.