Yes! Kids Can Get Gingivitis

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Here’s how to know if your child has it, how to treat & prevent it.

First of all, what exactly is gingivitis?  Gingivitis, is caused by excessive plaque buildup. If plaque is not removed, it produces toxins that can irritate the gum tissue causing gingivitis.

5 indicators that your child has gingivitis:

1 – Gums that bleed during or after brushing.

2 – Gums that are red, swollen, painful or tender to the touch.

3 – Gums that recede or pull away from the teeth.

4 – Bad breath that doesn’t go away.

5 – Teeth that are loose without injury

Treating Gingivitis in Children

The first step in treating gingivitis in children is to improve oral hygiene habits.  Depending on the severity of the gingivitis, antibiotics, a deep cleaning or even restorative surgery may be necessary.

Preventing Gingivitis

The best way to prevent gingivitis is to thoroughly floss in between teeth every day and brush for two minutes twice daily making sure to get all tooth surfaces.

Teens should be extra careful in paying close attention to their oral hygiene as they are especially at risk for gingivitis as hormonal changes in their bodies can increase gum sensitivity.

If you’d like more information on gingivitis in children please reach out to our experts at Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph 973-989-7970.