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How Periodontal Disease Affects Children

How Periodontal Disease Affects ChildrenChildren may be at an increased risk of suffering from periodontal disease often due to inadequate oral hygiene or genetics. Our specialist for dental implants in Los Angeles recommends routine dental care, frequent professional cleanings and careful attention to dental hygiene in order to reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease.

Chronic gingivitis is one of the more common types of periodontal disease that can affect children. Gums may swell, bleed easily and become inflamed. Gingivitis is best avoided by regular brushing, flossing and professional care. Children may need to be carefully monitored until excellent dental hygiene habits have been well established. They should brush at least two minutes, and they may benefit from electric toothbrushes if they lack adequate fine motor skills.

Kids are also at an increased risk of developing aggressive periodontitis during adolescence. As their hormones begin to fluctuate and increase during puberty, sensitive gum tissue can be affected. Heavy plaque and tartar buildup can aggravate the condition and even loosen teeth.

If your child experiences bleeding during brushing or flossing, has receding gums or chronic bad breath that is not alleviated by brushing and flossing, your child may have periodontal disease. Because periodontal disease can lead to significant dental health complications, early diagnosis and treatment is essential.

The best strategy is one that focuses on prevention. Model good dental habits to your children, and schedule regular dental exams and cleanings for them. Monitor your child’s dental health, and contact our office if you see any signs of concerns. Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment.

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