Did you know that there are a number of myths associated with gum disease? For example, have you heard that gum disease is extremely rare in adults? In reality, nearly half of all American adults have some kind of gum disease. Furthermore, you might think children are safe from gum disease, but this isn’t accurate either.
If you’ve ever raised a child, you probably know that convincing your little one to brush their teeth can be difficult and convincing them to brush thoroughly can be even more complicated. Still, since brushing is extremely important for avoiding gum disease, you may need to monitor your child’s brushing. You should also look for common signs of gum disease. For example, if your little one has bleeding gums, blood on their toothbrush after brushing, or red, painful, swollen, or sensitive gums, they could have gum disease.
If your child has gum disease, and it isn’t addressed, they could eventually experience a number of complications. You see, gum disease can lead to sensitive teeth because their gums could pull away from their teeth and expose their roots. Your little one could also lose their alveolar bone, which helps your teeth stay in place. Sadly, this will leave your little one more likely to lose their teeth prematurely.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to avoid gum disease. Of course, preventing gum disease would be preferable, but cleaning your child’s teeth may also be enough to reverse gum disease. If you’d like to learn more about preventing gum disease, please feel free to give our team at Hardy Smiles Pediatric Dentistry a call at at 801-331-8449. Dr. Troy Hardy and our team will gladly answer any questions you have. We look forward to receiving your call.