Even though their lives are just beginning, young children and teenagers are still susceptible to gum disease. Periodontal diseases can easily strike kids in that age range who are otherwise healthy. Teens are at a greater risk for periodontal disease due to the hormonal changes that accompany puberty. Progesterone and conceivably estrogen deliver more blood circulation to the gums, which can heighten the gums’ reaction to irritations such as plaque and bits of food.
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These diseases of the mouth are not uncommon in children.
Chronic gingivitis. It makes gums swell, turn very red and bleed easily. Using a regular regime of brushing, flossing and certified dental care, chronic gingivitis is avoidable and treatable. If it isn’t treated, however, it can ultimately turn into a more intense type of periodontal disease.
Aggressive periodontitis. This disorder targets the first molars and incisors of teens and young adults. Aggressive periodontitis attacks and eats into the alveolar bone, which is the thick ridge of the jaw bone that holds tooth sockets.
Generalized aggressive periodontitis. It tends to start around puberty and is characterized by gum irritation, and a lot of plaque and calculus (calcified dental plaque). This kind of periodontitis can make teeth loose.
In addition to teaching your young child excellent oral hygiene habits, it’s wise to check his or her mouth for bad breath and gums that are bleeding, swollen, receding or overly red.
The office of Perry L. Jeffries, DDS and Associates, PA emphasizes the importance of preventive dental care for our patients of all ages. We are dedicated to helping everyone who comes in enjoy the benefits of a healthy and beautiful smile. Our comprehensive program of preventive care is designed to protect your teeth and reduce the risk of dental disease. You can feel confident that our dedicated specialists have thorough and expert proficiency regarding any service you or your child needs. For more information about our office and our other dental services, please don’t hesitate to call today for an appointment.
By Perry L. Jeffries, DDS and Associates, PA
March 28, 2022