What Is Gingivitis?

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Gingivitis is a mild form of gum or periodontal disease. Gingivitis is brought about by the plaque buildup in the teeth, causing bacteria, and affecting the gums. The gingiva, which is the part of your child’s gum around the base of the teeth, becomes irritated, red, and inflamed. Sometimes, gingivitis can cause your child’s gums to bleed.

Gingivitis is a common oral problem in children. Kids sometimes suffer from poor dental hygiene. They are not able to brush and floss their teeth regularly. Also, even when kids brush their teeth, sometimes they are not able to remove all the plaque in the teeth, especially in the hard to reach areas. Kids also suffer from poor eating habits. When a child is not able to take in the right nutrients that his or her body needs, your child’s body will have a hard time to fight infection, in this case, gingivitis.

What Do I Need to Look Out For?

Gingivitis usually does not cause pain unless it becomes severe. That is why it is crucial that as parents, you need to look for possible symptoms in your child’s gums and teeth. Some of the symptoms are:

  • Your child has swollen and red gums.
  • Your child complains of persistent sore gums or loose teeth.
  • Whenever your child brushes or flosses, the gums bleed.
  • Your child’s teeth have become sensitive.
  • Your child suffers from a stubborn bad breath.

Prompt treatment by your child’s dentist is needed when these symptoms occur. Because when left untreated, your child’s gingivitis can trigger a more advanced kind of gum disease called periodontitis, and even tooth loss.

The good news is that gingivitis is preventable and treatable. With proper dental habits and professional oral care, your child can avoid gingivitis. As parents, you need to take a proactive role in assisting your children in their daily dental routine. Help your children establish good oral hygiene. Make it a habit that your children brush their teeth two times a day. Flossing is also essential and done daily. Make sure to regularly visit the pediatric dentist for dental checkups and cleaning, usually every six months. Talk to your child’s dentist at Kidsmile if you think your child suffers from gingivitis. Rest assured that we will do our best to treat and help prevent your child from having gingivitis as they grow.

Sources:

Gum Disease in Children, Perio.Org by American Academy of Periodontology https://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease-and-children

Gingivitis, Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gingivitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20354453

What is Gingivitis? Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments, Crest.com https://crest.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/gums/gingivitis-symptoms-causes-treatments

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