Should I Be Concerned About My Child’s Bleeding Gums?
Gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, is the beginning stage and a major indicator of more serious gum disease. It is common in adults, but can affect children as well. However, according to the American Dental Association, brushing the teeth harshly, especially with a stiff brush can cause the gums to bleed as well. In addition, when a child is new to flossing, he / she may floss incorrectly and cause the gums to bleed.
What Are the Signs of Gingivitis?
There are five signs to look for in children which indicate gingivitis: (1) bleeding, (2) swelling, (3) redness, (4) bad breath, (5) and gums that are pulling away from the teeth. There are other diseases that have similar symptoms, so it is important that the child be evaluated as soon as possible by his or her dentist.
The Importance of Your Child’s Dental Appointments
Consult your child’s dentist as soon as as you notice that the child’s gums bleed or show any redness or swelling. Having the child seen by his dentist is the best way to determine whether or not your child’s bleeding gums are a sign of early gum disease. Because it is difficult to reverse gingivitis if it is not evaluated and treated in a timely manner, it is recommended that your child should see a dentist by his or her first birthday.
Good oral care at home, including proper brushing and flossing techniques, and regular dental checkups will prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease.
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