There are several types of gum disease that impact children. Chronic gingivitis, aggressive periodontitis, and generalized aggressive periodontitis can occur in children. In this blog post, we’ll look at some of the types of periodontal diseases that are found in children and learn when you should see a periodontist for help.
Types of Periodontal Disease Found in Children
Chronic gingivitis can be a common periodontal disease found in children. This disease usually will cause gum tissue to swell, become red, and bleed easily. The good news is that gingivitis is preventable and treatable with a regular dental hygiene routine that includes brushing, flossing, and professional dental care. If left untreated, though, chronic gingivitis can eventually advance and become a more serious form of periodontal disease.
Aggressive periodontitis is a disease that can affect otherwise healthy young people. Aggressive periodontitis is found localized in teenagers and young adults and generally affects the first molars and incisors. Aggressive periodontitis can be characterized by severe loss of alveolar bone. Strangely, patients suffering from aggressive periodontitis for the most part form very little dental plaque or calculus.
Generalized aggressive periodontitis
Mostly beginning around puberty and involving the entire mouth, generalized aggressive periodontitis is marked by inflammation of the gums and heavy accumulations of plaque and calculus. Eventually, this disease can cause the teeth to loosen.
Signs of Periodontal Disease in Children
Bleeding gums during brushing, flossing, or at other times can be a sign of periodontal disease. Puffiness of the gums including swollen or bright red gums can also indicate periodontal disease is present. Recession is another sign of periodontal disease. Gums that have receded from the teeth, sometimes to the point of exposing the roots, is a sign of periodontal disease.
Good Dental Hygiene is Adolescence is Crucial.
How Parents Can Help:
- Establish good dental hygiene habits from the start.
- Show, don’t just tell. Be a good role model of dental hygiene by practicing the habits you want your children to learn.
- Keep up with regular dental visits including checkups, periodontal evaluations, and teeth cleanings.
- Look in your child’s mouth: Check for the signs of periodontal disease mentioned above to make sure none of the signs are present in your child.
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