What Causes Children to Have Bleeding Gums?
Kids can cause bleeding gums by not brushing their teeth regularly. Most dentists recommend that children and adults brush their teeth twice a day. When teeth aren't brushed regularly, the gums can become swollen and inflamed because plaque stays on the teeth too long.
Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that forms on the teeth after eating. Regular brushing and flossing removes plaque and helps gums stay healthy.
Preventing Bleeding Gums
If you notice your child's gums are bleeding, take action as soon as possible. Bleeding gums can be a sign of gingivitis (a form of gum disease).
What to Do About Bleeding Gums
Even when children brush their teeth, they may not be brushing along the gum line, so plaque begins to build up. Also, bits of food can get caught between teeth and irritate the gums.
Follow these tips if your child has bleeding gums:
- Use a soft bristle toothbrush to avoid irritation
- Make sure they brush for two minutes, twice a day
- Remove food between teeth by flossing
- Schedule a dentist appointment
Vitamin C Helps Prevent Bleeding Gums
Sometimes bleeding gums can be caused, or made worse, by a lack of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is helpful in keeping gums healthy. You can give your child daily vitamins or try to include fruits and vegetables with Vitamin C into his or her diet.
You should also help your children limit the amount of sugary drinks in their diet. Never put your child down for a nap with a sweet drink, like juice or soda, in his or her bottle.
Regular Dental Checkups
Your child should see the dentist for the first time around his or her first birthday. Though it may seem young, the earlier your child begins getting regular cleanings, the less chance for cavities and gum disease.
Dental cleanings and exams should happen twice a year.
Does Your Child Have Bleeding Gums?
If your child currently has bleeding gums, this could require a visit to the dentist, especially if the child hasn't seen a dentist recently. The bleeding gums are likely caused by poor brushing habits, and should be caught before it's too late.
If your child doesn't have a dentist, check for a Kool Smiles location near you. Our dentists regularly treat children and provide affordable dental care.
We accept most major insurances as well as Medicaid and TRICARE at all of our locations. Call us to schedule an appointment at your local Kool Smiles today.
National Institute of Health: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm#periodontitis
Medline Plus: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002404.htm