Gum Health is an Important Matter for Children
- Posted on: Jul 30 2017
Gum health. Gum disease. Gingivitis. Bad breath. These are problems that are often discussed in the realm of adult dentistry. But what about children? Parents are informed by their child’s dentist that oral care is important for cavity prevention. But there’s more. The entire mouth of a child, just like an adult’s mouth, is susceptible to bacteria. Just as these living microorganisms can cause a breakdown of enamel, they also present a threat to the gums.
The good news is that children do seem to be less likely to develop gingivitis. However, parents do need to know what inflammation may look like in their child’s mouth, and how to prevent it with good daily care. Children who develop infection may also develop bad breath, or discomfort, and these problems may cause others related to school performance and interpersonal experiences.
What does gum disease look like?
There are certain warning signs that may alert you to inflammation in your child’s gums. During the performance of oral care, observe gum tissue for:
- Swelling or puffiness.
- Bleeding during brushing or flossing.
- A “gritty” or rough appearance to the gums.
Protecting Little Mouths from Bacteria
Oral care is crucial for the development of healthy teeth and gums. The earlier that brushing and flossing begin, and the more consistency there is with these practices, the more resilience a child will have for cavities and gum disease. Parents should not be tempted to hand over the reins too soon; children lack the cognitive and motor skills needed for brushing until age 8, sometimes later. Also, inflammation becomes a heightened concern during early adolescence due to hormonal shifts, so teens may need a little more supervision and education about oral care in order to prevent unnecessary problems that stem from oral bacteria.
Your pediatric dentist in St. Francisville can help you navigate the level of oral care your child may need at any given time. Pediatric dental care is a priority to our team, as is top-quality service all of the members of your family.
Call 225-635-4422 to schedule a visit with us.