Gum disease, despite what many people think, is a common concern for children. Mostly it is the early stage of it, gingivitis. However, it is not impossible for children to develop advanced gum disease, periodontitis. Here at Children’s Dental Group, we’re dedicated to the prevention of gum disease in kids. And if necessary, our gum therapy in Santa Ana is available to restore periodontal health.
The beginnings of gum disease are traceable to the effects of dental plaque. This film-like bacterial substance grows on and between teeth and also at the gum line. It is most closely associated with tooth decay and the resulting cavities, but is also the catalyst for gum disease. Sugar is like fuel for the development of plaque, and so job one in gum disease prevention is to limit the amount of sugar she or he consumes, including in beverages and condiments. Proper brushing technique is as important as teeth brushing itself, and our pediatric dentist will show you and your child the best way to do it. The same is true of flossing. Both of those methods are among the best for eliminating plaque. Tartar is the hardened form that develops when plaque hides out of reach of at-home oral hygiene. Two times per year, you should bring your child in for a teeth cleaning, which is really phase I of our gum therapy in Santa Ana. This standard process not only eradicates plaque and the tartar that brushing and flossing cannot efficiently remove, but if your child has signs of gingivitis, the cleaning will reverse the effects. If your child does develop advanced gum disease, then he or she will need our gum therapy in Santa Ana, in the form of a deeper cleaning that gets down to the roots to remove the offending bacteria.
Gum disease is a very real concern for children, and if yours has type one diabetes, Down syndrome, or Papillon-Lefevre Syndrome, then she or he will be considerably more prone to gum problems. Set up an appointment at our office by calling today.