If your child sees blood while brushing, he or she could have gingivitis. Gingivitis causes your gums to be red, swollen, or inflamed. It’s a gum disease that doesn’t always hurt, so it’s easy to ignore.
However, if gingivitis goes untreated, you could develop more a serious infection.
Prevent Bleeding Gums Caused by Gingivitis
Bleeding gums don’t cause gum disease—they’re a symptom of it. Gingivitis is caused by plaque that builds up on your teeth. Plaque is invisible, but as it builds up it can become tartar, a hard yellow mineral deposit at the base of your teeth.
Read more and learn how to prevent bleeding gums:
Brush and Floss Regularly
The best way for your child to avoid gingivitis is proper brushing and flossing. Brush twice daily and floss at least once a day. He or she should use a medium to soft toothbrush, since hard-bristle toothbrushes can irritate gums.
Parents who teach their children how to brush properly at a young age can help them prevent gum disease and cavities. At Kool Smiles, we believe in making brushing fun for children.
Eat and Drink Less Sugar
Plaque becomes a problem when it isn’t cleaned off the teeth properly. Since sugary foods and beverages help bacteria grow, don’t put your child to bed with a sugary drink in their bottle. The sugar will stay on their teeth and cause plaque bacteria to grow and spread.
Go to the Dentist
If your child’s gums are bleeding regularly, it is time to visit a dentist. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can cause periodontal disease. Periodontal disease leads to serious infection of the gum and bone that can cause tooth loss.