Periodontal Disease In Children
Periodontal disease is caused by a bacteria that impacts the health of your gums and teeth. When left untreated, over time, it can lead to swelling, missing teeth and other health problems. While it is uncommon for children to have periodontal disease, it can happen. More often however, children are impacted by a milder form of periodontal disease called gingivitis. Symptoms of gingivitis includes swollen, red and bleeding gums, especially when your child brushes or flosses their teeth.
If your child is impacted by gingivitis, or you are beginning to see signs of redness or swelling, it is important to get an appointment for them to visit the dentist. By leaving the problem, it can become worse leading into other major dental problems that require more expensive dental care. More aggressive forms of periodontal disease are not uncommon among teenagers and older adult children. But helping them develop healthy habits from an early age can decrease the risk of periodontal disease.
When they are only 12 months old you can begin to brush their teeth, prior to that a baby toothbrush can brush their gums helping them to stay healthy. Early dental habits can ensure a healthy smile in your child that lasts a lifetime.
For more information on periodontal disease and gingivitis in children contact Dr. Cameron Fuller and his team today.