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Gum Disease Winter Park FL

Periodontal Therapy An Overview

Gum disease can affect patients of any age, even small children. Largely preventable with good oral hygiene and routine dental care, gum disease remains a leading cause of tooth loss in adults and can lead to complex dental problems in pediatric patients. Treating the early signs and symptoms of gum disease will prevent disease progression and can often be accomplished with conservative measures.

Signs of Gum Disease in Children

The most common signs of gum disease are bleeding gums, red or swollen gums and changes in the appearance of gum tissue. Gingivitis, early-stage gum disease, is common in children and is something we screen for during routine dental exams. Dr. Miller will work with you and your child to address chronic periodontal disease that can be the result of genetics, diet, medical conditions or medications prescribed.

There are ways to help your child avoid gum disease and support a healthy smile as they grow:

  • Good nutrition and a healthy, varied diet that is low in added sugars
  • Daily toothbrushing and flossing, which should be supervised until they are ready to manage themselves
  • Drinking plenty of water, especially after meals to cleanse the teeth and gums
  • Bring them in for pediatric dental care twice a year

Children will model what they see and often look to their parents and caregivers for guidance on how to care for their smile and their overall health. Practicing your daily oral hygiene routine with your child when they are young will not only help them learn but reinforces the importance of maintaining their dental health for a lifetime.

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Periodontal Therapy What to Expect

Dr. Miller will look for the early signs of gum disease at routine dental care visits and discuss any concerns you may have about your child’s developing oral health. Visiting with us twice a year will serve as a foundation for the prevention of many dental concerns, including gum disease. If your child has been prescribed a medication that is taken regularly, please let us know so that we can take into consideration anything that may impact gum health.

Treating gum disease in children is often successful with conservative measures and at home oral hygiene that includes an anti-bacterial rinse. Dr. Miller will assess the condition of the gums and make an appropriate recommendation if any treatment is necessary to stabilize or restore your child’s gum health.

  • Anti-bacterial rinses: used at home as part of a daily oral hygiene routine, a rinse may be recommended to help minimize plaque on the teeth and gums.
  • Scaling and root planing: if the gums have begun to be impacted by gingivitis and pockets are forming along the gum line, this thorough cleaning will carefully remove plaque from all surfaces and any exposed tooth roots, enabling the gum tissue to heal.
  • Oral surgery: as a last resort and in the case of advanced periodontal disease, oral surgery may be recommended to ensure that a young patient can enjoy normal oral development and a healthy smile. Dr. Miller will coordinate specialized care with a local periodontist.

Why choose Dr. Allison Miller, DDS?