Your Child’s Swollen Gums: What To Think?

What do you notice when you look at your child’s oh-so-cute grin? If it’s not the world’s cutest smile you’re noticing but instead, you’re seeing swollen gums, then you might experience a sudden knot in your stomach. “Oh no,” you may think to yourself, “this doesn’t look good.” Here’s all of the good news you need to get started: If it’s a gum health issue, we can help. However, it might be something else entirely that will resolve on its own. Ready for some details? We had a feeling you would be!

If They’re Swollen Only After A Meal Or Snack

Ask yourself what’s really going on with your child’s swollen gums. Has this been going on for a while? Or, do you notice that you’re seeing inflammation occur only after your child eats? If it’s the latter, then you might want to pay closer attention and even write down the moments during which this takes place. Your child may have an allergy to certain food or beverage items that end up irritating his or her gums. The easy solution: When you pinpoint the offender, don’t let your child eat it any longer! Or, food may be too hot. Easy to fix! (Note: You may wish to visit your pediatrician if you are concerned about food allergies).

If They’ve Been Looking Swollen Lately

Now, let’s say your child has been displaying swollen gums lately, not just on occasion. If this is the case, then what you should do is schedule a visit as soon as you can. Persistent swelling is often a signal that gingivitis is occurring. Clearing this problem up very soon is essential in getting your child’s smile back to good health before the inflammation turns into a serious gum disease problem.

Learn More About Protecting Your Child’s Gums

See us as soon as you can when you notice your child’s gums appear swollen and are not calming down. 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.