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11/11/11

Does Gingivitis Affect My Child?

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Gingivitis is a gum disease that causes inflammation of the gums. Many Americans deal with it to varying degrees, but it can be prevented.

How is Gingivitis Caused?

Plaque is a part of all of our lives. Plaque will build up on your teeth to a small extent even if you brush your teeth and avoid sugary foods. Plaque is a favorite hiding-place for many kinds of bacteria. If plaque is allowed to run rampant on your teeth, more and more malicious kinds of bacteria will move in. When these bacteria begin their mass exodus into your child’s gums, the gums will become irritated and inflamed.

What Are the Signs of Gingivitis?

  1. Inflammation of the gums
  2. Redness or swelling in the gums
  3. Easily bleeding gums
  4. A gumline that recedes from your teeth, giving your teeth an elongated appearance
  5. Recurring bad breath
  6. A constant bad taste in the mouth

How Can I Prevent Gingivitis?

Plaque may be inevitable, but if you make sure to knock the plaque out every day it won’t build up enough to pose a threat to your gums. Be sure that your child brushes his or her teeth 2-3 times daily and flosses once every day. Carefully monitor your child’s diet to limit their intake of sugary foods as these can cause the bacteria in the mouth to produce acid that will irritate the mouth and gums. Also ensure that your child comes into Sandy, UT pediatric dentist for a checkup and cleaning at least once every six months.

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