You have heard us talk with you about gingivitis before, how to prevent it, and the fact that gum disease can damage your child’s oral health. For a quick review, our Dallas, TX team explains that this is the first step of periodontal disease that includes inflammation. Can it be prevented, you ask? Of course! Can it be treated it if develops? Yes! However, we remind you that it’s also an oral illness that can quickly develop and remain overlooked, which can yield serious side effects! So, with that said, let’s talk about locking in an excellent preventive approach (and the details associated with why doing so is so significant).
#1: It Transitions Quickly Into Periodontitis If You’re Not Careful
One moment, your child has puffy gums and a case of gingivitis that can be cured. The next, the disease has transitioned into a stage of gum disease that can be treated and that can be managed but that is not curable. It’s called periodontitis and it can become destructive. Fortunately, when you keep up with checkups and cleanings with our team, you will have plenty of time for us to recognize any changes in your child’s gingival tissue, so we can address the concern. However, if you skip visits, you may overlook symptoms and miss out on the opportunity to address the issue when it is still in its easy-to-treat infancy.
#2: It’s Linked To Other Serious Health Risks
We encourage you to remember that gingivitis is not only a problem because it can lead to the serious damage of your child’s oral tissues. It’s also serious to prevent and/or quickly treat it because it is associated with other health risks! Keep in mind that a particular type of bacteria that is responsible for the inflammation of gum tissue can also have negative effects on the rest of one’s body. Its presence can cause inflammation and problems in other tissues, potentially influencing the development of heart problems, dementia, and Alzheimer’s. Maintain optimal preventive care to limit this long list of possible concerns.
#3: It Can Be Very Uncomfortable
Of course, gingivitis can threaten your child’s oral health and overall health. Our team reminds you that it can also take a toll physically and emotionally! Your child may feel extremely uncomfortable as a result of swelling, irritation, and tenderness. By preventing gingivitis, you keep your child from experiencing discomfort associated with gum disease!
Protect Your Child From Gingivitis
Bring your children in for the twice-yearly dental cleanings and checkups they need, so we may remove plaque and tartar, as well as monitor oral health. Maintaining excellent prevention keeps gingivitis at bay. 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.