Although it is more common in adults, periodontal (gum) disease can happen at any age, even in children. Without proper home care and regular professional dental cleanings, bacteria can get below your gumline and cause an infection.
Whether you get gum disease depends on your particular risk factors and oral care routines. We sometimes see the beginning of periodontal disease even in people who do a good job taking care of their teeth at home simply because your toothbrush cannot possibly remove the plaque and bacteria below your gumline. That is why professional cleaning appointments are so important. Our hygienists are highly skilled and use specialized instruments to gently remove the plaque and bacteria below your gumline.
Smoking, being over 65 years old, taking certain medications, and genetics all play a role in whether or not you develop gum disease. Hormonal changes throughout your life and your diet also contribute to the health of your gums. Pregnant women, for example, often develop pregnancy gingivitis. We can help keep your infection away by scheduling more frequent professional cleanings and by monitoring pregnant women closely. Avoiding gum disease during pregnancy is especially important because mothers that have gum disease are at risk for delivering low birth weight babies.
While it is less common, kids can get periodontal disease as well. The most common type is chronic gingivitis. Chronic gingivitis symptoms include red, swollen, bleeding gums. In many cases, we can reverse it with proper brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings. When left untreated, it can progress to a more serious form of gum disease and even cause tooth loss.
What can you do to prevent gum disease?
Making sure you and your kids have excellent home care habits, regular visits to the dentist, and eat a healthy diet can all help prevent gum disease. Being a good role model for your child when it comes to oral health can save them from serious complications later.
Contact Keledjian Dental to schedule your routine dental exam today! We are happy to see patients of all ages.