Periodontal disease is something that takes place in the gums or around the tooth. Most people do not associate this oral disease with children, but poor dental hygiene can lead to disease at any age. Two common diseases of the gums are gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease, but there are four distinct categories, including:
Signs of this periodontal disease include red, swollen and tender gums that bleed easily.
Periodontitis results from untreated gingivitis. Because it is a progression of the milder form of gum disease, it is no surprise that the symptoms are worse. You may notice red, bleeding gums; bone erosion; chronic bad breath; bad taste in mouth; shifting teeth; and tooth loss. More advanced forms of periodontitis could even lead to tissue and bone loss.
If a child has one of these gum diseases, some form of treatment may be necessary. You should talk with your dentist to figure out a treatment plant that is right for your child. Both gingivitis and periodontitis may require the following treatments:
Your child’s age and previous health may play a role in the type of treatment pursued.
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