Gum disease or periodontal disease is one of the major causes of loss of teeth by weakening the tissues surrounding them. A type of periodontal disease that affects the pre-teens, teens and young adults is known as juvenile aggressive periodontists.
Causes for Gum diseases in Children:
The following can cause gum diseases in children:
- Commonly associated with a hereditary condition.
- Hormonal imbalance in the puberty may weaken the gums and surrounding oral tissues.
- Poor oral hygiene practice.
- Food habits.
- Any deleterious habits practiced by the child.
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease in Children:
If you note any of the following signs, your child may have a gum disease:
- First, bleeding gums frequently even without any provocation. There has to be evident bleeding from the gums resembling a border along the gums.
- Swollen gums. Children from 8 to 12 give an appearance of slightly swollen gums due to the shedding of milk teeth and eruption of permanent teeth.
- The swollen gums appear reddish.
- Gums either overgrow and cover the teeth surface or recede exposing the neck of the teeth and its root structures.
- Bad breath even after brushing their teeth.
- Yellowish color of the teeth with plaque deposition on them.
Treating this type of gum disease immediately after diagnosis is necessary to avoid the following:
- Worsening of the signs and symptoms.
- Soreness of the gums and pain in the teeth.
- Loosening of the teeth from its socket.
- Finally, loss of teeth.
Usually dentist suggest the following treatment plan:
- A complete oral and general health examination to identify any systemic associations.
- Professional dental cleaning.
- Antibiotic regimen as needed.
- Routine dental check-up to evaluate the status of the disease.
- If there is recurrence then an evaluation from general physician is necessary
Advice for Parents:
Keep note of the following tips to ensure your child’s oral health:
- Always motivate your child in practicing good oral hygiene.
- Use any representation methods for your kids to follow them properly.
- Particularly, monitor them while they are brushing its best if you brush with them.
- Maintain a healthy diet for your child.
- Schedule frequent appoints with your dentist.
- Occasionally, check your child’s mouth to see any abnormal differences.