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Can Children Develop Gum Disease?

Posted on 8/10/2017 by Cynthia Pelley
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As your child grows and starts to learn dental hygiene, you may be wondering if your child can develop gum disease.

In fact, children can develop gum disease, but it is more common for them to have the mild forms of it. Advanced gum disease is more common in adulthood.

What Can Cause Gum Disease?

The most common cause is insufficient oral hygiene. Genetics also can indicate if someone is more likely to get gum disease, but it is not a guarantee.

How Can You Tell If Your Child Has Gum Disease?

The symptoms that your child experience may vary, but symptoms for gum disease include:

•  Receding gum line
•  Swollen, red, or bleeding gums
•  Loose teeth or changes in teeth alignment
•  Bad breath that does not go away

It might be difficult to tell if some of these signs are the result of gum disease or normal development of the teeth (loose or misaligned teeth, for example), but a dental health professional will be able to tell whether or not the signs are normal development or pointing toward something else.

How Can You Prevent or Manage Gum Disease?

You can help prevent the development of gum disease for your child by making sure they brush and floss every day. If your child is starting to brush and floss on their own, supervise and help as necessary.

Also, perform small home check-ups for your child to see if they are exhibiting any signs of gum disease. If your child is currently experience signs of gum disease, important to schedule an appointment as soon as possible so that gums can start to heal.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (503) 235-0313 today.

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