How to Recognize Gum Disease in Your Children

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Did you know that gum disease is actually a serious problem that can become worse if it isn’t treated quickly, but did you know that there are actually a few inaccurate statements that are commonly accepted as fact? For example, did you know that children are actually just as vulnerable to gum disease as you are?

As you can probably guess, one thing you’ll need to do to help your little one prevent gum disease is to help them brush their pearly whites. Sadly, children often don’t like brushing their teeth, which can make protecting their pearly whites much more difficult. You can help your child avoid these issues by helping them brush and floss until they’re old enough to do so on their own. After they can brush on their own, you should still monitor their brushing until they can clean their teeth thoroughly.

Of course, gum disease may actually cause several problems, which could be relatively mild or fairly serious. You see, if your little one has gum disease, you may have to deal with frequent bad breath. Gum disease can also cause the loss of bone structure, which helps hold teeth in place. If your child experiences this issue, their teeth could shift and they could even lose their teeth prematurely. Gum disease may also cause sensitive teeth.

Fortunately, there are a few things we might be able to do to help your little one stay away from gum disease. For instance, brushing and flossing may prevent gum disease, but may also be enough to reverse it. Still, our team could offer you different advice based on your child’s needs. If you’d like to learn more about gum disease, please feel free to contact All Kids Dental Pediatrics & Orthodontics at 970-928-9500. Our dentist, Dr. Casey Johnson, and our team are excited to hear from you.