Can Kids Get Gum Disease?

Yes! Children can get gum disease (known as Gingivitis) in the same way that adults get gum disease:  poor oral hygiene. It is necessary to brush two times a day for at least two minutes and to floss daily. Healthy gums are pink in color while gum disease makes the gums look red and puffy. Once you have gum disease it is common for your gums to bleed when brushing or flossing, the bleeding is your body’s way of trying to get rid of the infection and bacteria present in the gums.  The Best remedy for gum disease is to continue brushing and flossing, it will make the gums heal and become healthy. It is common for children to get gum disease when they have braces or any orthodontic treatment. Make sure they keep up good habits while having their braces on and we recommend an electric toothbrush such as the Sonicare Toothbrush. Even though it is difficult to floss with braces on, it is still very important to be flossing daily. There are floss threaders, super floss, and even platypus flossers that will help your child with flossing while in braces. If you are concerned with bleeding gums with your child, be sure to call us right away to schedule an appointment at World of Smiles, Pediatric Dentistry. We will partner with you to overcome gum disease for your child.

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