Two of the most common dental issues children have are cavities and gum disease. The most common gum disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis is referred to as mild gum disease. Although gingivitis can quickly become a serious issue. Gingivitis is the infection of the gum line or the gingiva (the areas of the gum that touch the teeth). Gingivitis can lead to worse gum diseases that eventually lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. Fortunately, unlike cavities, gingivitis can be stopped and reversed with proper dental care and regular dental cleanings.
The main cause of gingivitis is poor oral care. The main cause of gingivitis is plaque. Plaque is an invisible layer of film on our teeth that form when sugars and starches from the food we eat mix with our saliva. To fight plaque you need to brush and floss your teeth daily because it quickly reforms. If plaque stays on your teeth for a while it will transform into tartar. Tartar is hardened and difficult to remove. You will likely need a dentist’s help to remove any tartar around your gum line. Tartar and plaque can cause gum infection which is why it is vital that kids and adults floss and brush their teeth daily.
Gingivitis is fairly common for kids and teens. This is why it is vital that they see their dentist twice a year. Not only can dentists catch gingivitis quickly but they can also help remove plaque and tartar and teach kids how to take care of their teeth. The following symptoms may indicate that your son or daughter has gingivitis.
If your child has any of the above signs of gingivitis you should schedule a dental appointment. It is important that your child stays on top of brushing and flossing, but their dentist can help them remove tartar as well as give advice on how to protect their gums. Additionally, foods and beverages with high sugar content and acidity should be avoided as they are linked to tooth decay, gingivitis, and plaque buildup. Kids and adults should always try and brush their teeth soon after they finish eating so plaque cannot build up.
At All Star Dental in Chicago we are happy to help kids and teens improve their dental health and protect their teeth from gingivitis and tooth decay. Schedule an appointment through our online contact form or send us a message to learn more about our services.