Gum Disease in Children

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Understanding and Managing Gum Disease in Children at Pediatric Dentistry of Palo Alto

The Impact of Gum Disease on Children's Oral Health

Gum disease, encompassing conditions such as gingivitis and periodontitis, poses a significant threat to the oral health of children. Characterized by infection in the gums, tissues, and bones surrounding the teeth, gum disease can lead to severe complications, including tooth loss, if not addressed promptly. At Pediatric Dentistry of Palo Alto, we emphasize the importance of early detection and intervention to protect your child’s dental well-being.

The Genesis of Gum Disease

Gum disease begins with the accumulation of plaque, a sticky bacterial film that forms naturally in the mouth. Without regular and thorough brushing and flossing, plaque buildup can irritate the gums, leading to infection. As the condition worsens, it compromises the structures supporting the teeth, potentially resulting in their loss.

Stages of Gum Disease: Gingivitis to Periodontitis

Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, is relatively common among children. It manifests as swollen, red gums that may bleed during brushing or flossing. Often painless, gingivitis can go unnoticed by children, making regular dental check-ups crucial for early diagnosis and treatment. If not treated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, a more severe infection that can significantly damage the jawbone and soft tissues, eventually leading to tooth mobility and loss.

Prompt Action and Treatment

If you notice any symptoms of gum disease in your child, it’s crucial to schedule an appointment with Pediatric Dentistry of Palo Alto immediately. Our experienced pediatric dentists, Dr. Adams and Dr. Jon, are equipped to assess the extent of the disease and recommend the most effective treatment plan. With timely professional care and diligent oral hygiene practices, gingivitis can be reversed, preventing its progression to more severe forms of periodontal disease.

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Recognizing the Signs of Gum Disease

Gum disease can progress without causing pain, making it essential for parents to recognize its signs:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tenderness in the gums
  • Bleeding during brushing or flossing
  • Receding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in bite alignment

Why Choose Pediatric Dentistry of Palo Alto?

Located at 325 Sharon Park Drive, Suite D3, Menlo Park, CA, our practice is dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate care to address the full spectrum of pediatric dental needs, including gum disease. We understand the unique challenges of maintaining children’s oral health and are committed to creating a supportive, educational environment for our patients and their families.

For more information on gum disease in children or to schedule a visit, please contact us at (650) 321-6448. Let Pediatric Dentistry of Palo Alto be your partner in ensuring your child’s mouth remains healthy, paving the way for a lifetime of bright smiles.

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