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Periodontal disease, though common in adults, can also affect children. Our team is going to give you as parents, some signs you can look for in your child’s teeth to know whether or not gum disease is affecting them. We’ll also give you some tips on how you can help prevent it from happening.

What should I look for?

As a parent, your child’s health is important to you, especially when it comes to the care of their gums and teeth. If you notice your child’s gums are swollen, bright red and start bleeding after brushing or flossing, it may be time for you to take your child into the dentist.

Also, if you begin to notice the gums of your child’s front teeth have receded away, this can expose the roots of their teeth. Contact your dentist immediately if you notice a receding gumline.

What can I do to help prevent gum disease?

It’s important to establish good oral hygiene habits with your kids now to prevent gum disease and other problems. Even when your child is 12 months old, you can begin using toothpaste when brushing their teeth. As their teeth grow and the gaps between teeth close, using floss is important to remove plaque and food particles.

Scheduling regular visits with your dentist for cleanings, gum evaluations and family checkups are great ways to prevent gum disease occurring in your child’s teeth. As your child’s teeth grow, continually check their mouth for signs of gum disease.

If you are noticing signs of periodontal disease on your child’s gums, please contact our office today to schedule an appointment by calling 804-737-4444.