Children and teens are susceptible to the effects of gum disease and may experience bleeding gums if gingivitis is developing. If you or your child notices blood on their toothbrush, dental floss or when rinsing after toothbrushing it is important to schedule a visit. Dr. Miller will examine the gums and look for the signs of gum disease. Early treatment can often be conservative and halt the progression of this dental concern that can compromise your child’s oral health if not addressed in a timely manner.
It is important to help your child brush and floss until they are capable of managing themselves, usually by late elementary school age. Assisting your child will ensure a regular routine and help them learn how to brush properly. Brushing too vigorously can also lead to gums that are irritated and that bleed.
Bleeding Gums in Teens
The hormonal changes that accompany puberty can also lead to changes in the gum tissue, making them more susceptible to irritation and bleeding during brushing and flossing. It is important for your teen to visit the dentist regularly as they grow so that Dr. Miller and our team can monitor for any changes in their oral health during puberty.
All patients regardless of age should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste for the best results from their daily oral hygiene routine at home. This will help to minimize irritation of increasingly sensitive gum tissue.
Changes in your teen’s diet and the possible use of tobacco products can also impact their oral health and should be taken into consideration if gum disease develops or they experience an increased incidence of tooth decay.
Why Is Gum Health Important?
The health of the gums plays an important role in the health and development of your child’s teeth. Healthy gums support healthy, stable teeth. If your child develops gum disease, prompt treatment is important and will help to avoid the possibility of permanent damage that could impact the stability of their permanent teeth.
Healthy gums will also support the overall health and well-being of your child. Poor oral health can lead to other physical health concerns over time and is often accompanied by changes in the appearance of your child’s smile. Restoring gum health after advanced periodontal disease can require complex and costly treatment.