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03 Nov

Curing Gingivitis In Your Children

There’s nothing more joyful than seeing your child’s smile. But as soon as their teeth grow in, they become susceptible to gum disease. Also known as gingivitis or periodontal disease. While this condition is more common in adults, it can still attack your child’s gums. Luckily, curing gingivitis is usually straightforward and is an excellent opportunity to teach your children about good oral health habits. Here, we’ll look at the signs of gingivitis in children and what you can do to prevent and reverse it.

What is Gingivitis, and What Are The Symptoms?

When your child brushes, do you notice swelling or redness around their teeth and gums or does your child complain about soreness and sensitivity? Or when they rinse after brushing, do they spit out a little blood? These could be signs of gingivitis. Plaque that sits along the gumline and in between the teeth causes gingivitis. Plaque that stays behind on the teeth after brushing hardens on the tooth surface and turns into tartar. Tartar is hard, collects bacteria, and can only be removed by a dental professional. If the tartar and plaque stay on your child’s teeth, they can irritate the gum tissue surrounding your child’s teeth, which leads to bleeding and swelling, which are signs of gingivitis.

Brushing Their Teeth

Regular, thorough toothbrushing is essential for preventing and reversing gingivitis. While children over five can likely brush their teeth independently without adult supervision, younger children need help forming their habits and skills. Every child is different, so you may need to reference some tips on how best to help your child brush. But what’s most important is brushing with a soft-bristle toothbrush (try letting them pick one out at the store) and fluoride toothpaste twice daily.

Cleaning Between Their Teeth

In addition to toothbrushing, cleaning between their teeth using an interdental cleaning device like floss is one of the most important defenses against plaque. But as you might be aware, using floss is not an easy habit to form. Luckily, you can opt for flavored dental floss or pre-threaded flossers to make this practice a little more interesting. A general recommendation is to begin flossing your child’s teeth once they have two teeth that touch or around the age of two or three.

Being A Role Model

It is good to practice good dental hygiene and promote good oral hygiene practices with your children to reduce and eliminate gingivitis. The more you encourage these habits, as well as providing them with healthy fruits and vegetables, you’re playing a crucial role in preventing gingivitis.

With consistent home care, gums should resemble their normal pink state in a matter of weeks, if not several days. However, if an improved diet and excellent oral care do not improve your children’s gingivitis, visit your dental professional. They can discuss the problem, rule out more serious causes, and recommend the best treatment plan.

 

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