The second you hear the words inflammation and your child’s smile, you may feel your pulse quicken! There’s generally nothing good about inflamed tissue, aside from the fact that it’s your body’s natural way of trying to protect itself! As for what it means for you and for your child’s oral health, well, you generally recognize it as a sign that something is wrong and that you need to take action. To help you feel better and more prepared, our Dallas, TX team quickly breezes through what swelling might mean when you see it (and we remind you of just what to do, should it occur).
It Could Be Irritation
We remind you, before you jump to any conclusions, that sometimes irritation paves the way for a bit of inflammation. Do take a moment to play detective first, rather than immediately assuming gum disease or related factors are involved. It’s very possible that instead of inflammation proving to be a problem like gum disease, the swelling in your child’s smile is just the result of irritation. Ask yourself whether your child ate anything very crunchy, sharp, or if perhaps a mild oral allergy may be taking place!
It Could Be Tooth Related
Inflammation that’s occurring in one isolated spot is going to let you know that you probably aren’t seeing widespread gum health concerns with your child’s smile. Instead, your child could be dealing with an infected tooth that is making nearby gum tissue swell. With that said, don’t worry. Just come in! We offer treatments for all of your child’s oral health needs.
It May Be Gingivitis
As you may have assumed, it is certainly possible that all over gum inflammation is the result of gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. Though you may think of this term as something that’s “no big deal,” simply remember that treating it ASAP is essential. It’s something that can be reversed. However, when ignored, it can cause serious damage! Call us soon.
It May Be From Hot Food
Very hot food or spicy food can irritate gum tissue and may even result in some amount of gum inflammation! Keep this in mind and keep foods on the bland, warm-not-hot, and less seasoned side, if necessary.
Always Schedule A Visit
Seeing inflammation? Schedule a visit for your child’s smile! We are always here to help.
Address Gum Inflammation ASAP
When you see that your child’s gum tissue appears inflamed, we remind you to simply call our practice just as soon as you can to schedule a visit! We will perform a gentle checkup, as well as a solution! 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 and more.