Periodontal disease is often considered as a condition that is exclusively possible in adults’ mouths. Unfortunately, this is not the case. In fact, teenagers and young children are at risk for developing gum disease. Similar to gum disease in adults, gum disease in children often portrays the same symptoms and stages. These include gingivitis (the beginning stage) and periodontitis (the advanced stage), which is mainly found in teenagers.
The good news is that gum disease in children is preventable and treatable. Early symptoms include puffy, swollen, or red gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing. Advanced symptoms include chronic bad breath and gum recession, which can eventually lead to loese teeth. Dr. Angel recommends that, as the first step towards prevention, you encourage your child to develop proper dental hygiene habits. This includes maintaining their routine dental checkups and cleanings at our practice.
As a treatment for gum disease, our dentist at Angel Dentistry may recommend a deep cleaning (also known as scaling and root planing), an oral rinse designed specifically for combating plaque and tartar buildup, and antibiotics or other medication. If you have concerns about your child’s oral health, or about our children’s gum disease treatment in Phoenix, Arizona, we invite you to call our office at 602-788-2008 and talk with our friendly team today.