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Normally, we think of gum disease as a problem that affects adults. But did you know that children are susceptible to gum disease as well? It’s important that as a parent or caregiver, you know the signs and symptoms of gum disease.

Gingivitis appears as a swelling or tenderness in the gums. If gingivitis is not addressed, it can lead to aggressive periodontitis. This disease will show up in your child’s incisors and molars. It can lead to damage to or loss of the bone around the tooth socket. Generalized aggressive periodontitis can set in after a child hits puberty. It has the potential to affect your child’s entire mouth, and as a result, your child may experience red and swollen gums as the plaque builds up, and his teeth may become loose in the process

To stay ahead of the curve with juvenile gum disease, look for bleeding gums when your child brushes his teeth. If your child doesn’t want to brush, specifically because it hurts, that could be a sign that gum disease has set in.

If your child has any of these symptoms, it is time to visit Dr. Deanna Dudenbostel at Colmar Dentistry for Kids, in Colmar, Pennsylvania. Doctor Dudenbostel will be able to diagnose the problem, treat your child, and give you information about how to prevent gum disease in the future.

Of course, the best defense is a good offense. You can mount the offensive against gum disease by teaching your child about the importance of brushing, flossing, and the other aspects of oral health. Regular visits to our office for cleanings and exams will keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy, and will give us the chance to address any potential potential problems. To schedule an appointment, call us today at (215) 822-6777.