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.