Teeth R Us Children’s Dentistry

Gum Disease

Child getting his gums checked

Gum Disease

At our dental office, we understand that visiting the dentist can sometimes be intimidating for children. But with our pediatric specialists and staff who are specially trained in working with kids, we aim to make the experience as enjoyable as possible. Our gentle approach and special techniques have even resulted in children not wanting to leave the dentist! We believe in not only providing top-notch dental care but also educating children on the importance of oral hygiene. By making dentistry a positive experience, we hope to instill good dental habits in children that will last a lifetime.

Gingivitis: A Universal Threat to Children's Oral Health

Contrary to popular belief, periodontal disease is not just an adult problem. In fact, studies show that gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease, is nearly a universal issue among children and adolescents. Although advanced forms of periodontal disease are less common in children, they can still occur.

Chronic gingivitis is a common affliction among children. It causes gum tissue to become swollen, red, and prone to bleeding, making proper oral hygiene essential. With regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, gingivitis can be prevented and treated. However, if left untreated, it can progress to more severe forms of periodontal disease.

The Dangers of Advanced Periodontal Disease in Children

Localized aggressive periodontitis is a rare but serious form of periodontal disease that can affect young and healthy children. This condition, which affects teenagers and young adults, primarily targets the first molars and incisors and causes severe bone loss. Despite having little plaque or calculus, this form of periodontitis can cause significant damage to the oral health.

Generalized aggressive periodontitis is another form of periodontal disease that can begin around puberty and affect the entire mouth. This condition is marked by inflammation of the gums, heavy plaque and calculus accumulation, and, if left untreated, can cause the teeth to become loose. Regular dental check-ups, proper oral hygiene, and early treatment are crucial to prevent the progression of generalized aggressive periodontitis.

Risk Factors for Children's Periodontal Disease

  • Type I diabetes
  • Down syndrome
  • Papillon-Lefevre syndrome