Establishing oral hygiene habits at a young age will go a long way in preventing your child from getting severe dental problems like gingivitis. You’re not reading wrong; we wrote gingivitis.
Gingivitis is most commonly misconstrued as occurring in adults. However, children can get gingivitis as well, in fact, according to an article published in the National Center of Biotechnology Information, “the primary cause of gingivitis is plaque. Dental plaque appears to form rapidly in children aged 8 to 12 years than in adults.”*
Gingivitis is not limited to just adults, it has no age barrier and can occur at any age if we don’t properly care for our child’s gums.
Gingivitis in Children
One thing we need to understand is gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. If it is diagnosed early, the success of treatment and healing increase since it is reversible and treatable with regular oral hygiene and annual dental check-ups. Untreated gingivitis can lead to a more severe form of periodontal disease that’s destructive.
There’s also a genetic factor in gingivitis. If your family members have suffered from gingivitis chances are your child is prone to developing it as well. If it has been a dental problem within the family, take extra precaution to protect your child’s mouth and gums.
The most common symptom that can be found in children is gingival color change and swelling. However, children who may have or have gingivitis may show 5 other visible signs. They are as follow:
- Gum recession
Gingivitis is caused by many factors, but the most common circumstance is plaque buildup. Plaque buildup has everything to do with oral hygiene and diet. Practicing poor oral hygiene on your child at a young age can be damaging to their gums and baby teeth. You want to ensure you brushing their baby teeth and cleaning their gums with a moist cloth.
What we feed our children not only affects their overall health but their teeth and gums. Eating foods with too much sugar particularly simple sugars can remain longer times in their teeth and produce more acid and plaque including starchy foods. Limiting the intake of these foods can reduce acidity caused by the bacteria.
Prevention methods to ensure your child’s teeth are protected has to do more with their oral habits. Making sure our children brush their teeth regularly and floss once a day will assure all food debris gets out between and surrounding teeth. We can’t forget annual dental check-ups from their pediatric dentist.
Gingivitis isn’t just a dental problem for adults; it can happen to children too. The earlier we help establish good oral hygiene in our children the better chances they have of maintaining the habit and keeping their teeth and gums healthy and strong. In addition to managing their oral hygiene, regularly visiting the pediatric dentist can verify the progression of their teeth. If your child is due for a dental check-up, contact our dental office by contacting us at 801-505-7125 or fill out our form here to schedule an appointment.
* For further information on gingivitis read this article from the National Center of Biotechnology Information