Let’s Talk About Gingivitis!

Yes, we know. Talking about gingivitis is not something you want to do because your goal is for your kiddos to keep their smiles nice and healthy. However, it’s very important you understand the basics of this first phase of gum disease, so you can do your absolute best to keep it from affecting your children. When you’re informed, you can save your children from the potential (serious) damage that can come from a neglected case of gum inflammation. Oh, and you can rest easy: Preventing gum disease is simple when you know how to do it.

Sometimes, You’ll Notice Gum Problems

There are times when you will look at your child’s smile and immediately notice that something isn’t going well. The symptoms of gingivitis may appear, giving you the signal to call us right away, rather than waiting for your next upcoming dental visit. Symptoms can include:

  • Bright red gums
  • Purple gums
  • Inflamed gums
  • Bleeding gums (often while brushing)
  • Bad breath
  • Your child complains that chewing or brushing hurts

You Won’t Always Notice Them

Then again! Symptoms won’t necessarily show up when gingivitis starts. This isn’t in your favor, of course, because it means that even though you’re monitoring your child’s smile, you cannot always rely on your own senses. This is one of the reasons it is absolutely essential that you don’t skip six-month visits. You cannot always figure out that gum disease is beginning (but we can!).

Prevention Is Very Simple

When you practice prevention correctly, you greatly limit the possibility of gingivitis occurring. When your child’s smile remains free of plaque buildup, gums remain healthy. Always commit to the following:

  • See us every six months for cleanings (and the aforementioned checkups)
  • Make sure your child brushes twice a day (monitor the brushing)
  • Floss with your child once every day

Protect Kids From Gingivitis With Our Care

Remember that our friendly team is here to answer questions, provide guidance for dental hygiene, and to offer the gentle cleanings and checkups necessary to keep gums safe. Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Forest Hills, East Dallas, Mesquite, Garland, Richardson, and more.

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