As parents, we often focus on ensuring our children’s teeth grow straight and healthy, but we shouldn’t overlook the importance of their gums. Healthy gums protect the roots of their teeth and act as a vital barrier against harmful bacteria that can lead to decay. Neglecting their gum health can jeopardize their overall oral care. Here are key signs that your child might be suffering from gum disease.

Regular Bleeding: While some initial bleeding during flossing or dental cleanings is normal, frequent gum bleeding during routine activities like brushing or eating may indicate gingivitis.

Receding Gums: If you notice your child’s gums receding away from their teeth, it could be a sign of gum recession. This exposes the tooth roots and makes the mouth susceptible to harmful bacteria.

Bad Breath: Persistent bad breath, also known as halitosis, can signal bacterial buildup, infection, or potential periodontal disease in your child’s mouth.

Swollen Gums: If your child’s gums are sensitive and easily swell, it could indicate gingivitis. Plaque buildup near the root of the teeth irritates the gums, leading to red, puffy, and swollen appearance.

Ignoring signs of gum disease in children is not advisable. Although conditions like gingivitis can be treated, it’s essential to address the issue promptly. Visiting the dentist is the best course of action to tackle symptoms and restore your child’s oral health. Our office is equipped with advanced tools and expertise to eliminate bacteria, plaque, and tartar, ensuring your child’s gums regain their health.

Protecting your child’s oral health involves regular dental check-ups and prompt attention to any concerning symptoms. Don’t hesitate to seek professional care if you notice any signs of gum disease. By working together, we can ensure your child’s beautiful smile remains healthy and free from gum-related issues. Contact Karl A. Smith DDS, LLC to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards your child’s vibrant oral well-being.

Karl A. Smith, DDS | Periodontics & Implants of Alexandria
Phone: (703) 894-4867
2500 N. Van Dorn St., Suite 128
Alexandria, VA 22302
Karl A. Smith, DDS | Periodontics & Implants of Waldorf
Phone: (301) 638-4867
601 Post Office Rd., Suite 1-B
Waldorf, MD 20602