Children’s Dental Help: Gums Bleed While Brushing

Sometimes children experience bleeding gums while brushing their teeth. There are several causes of bleeding gums in children—from poor diet to gum disease. If your child’s gums keep bleeding while brushing or flossing, Kool Smiles can help.

Keep reading to learn how to prevent bleeding gums in children and what to do if it doesn’t stop. 

How to Prevent Bleeding Gums in Children

  • Help your children eat a healthy diet—Sugary and starchy foods like fruit juices, candy, soda, crackers, and pasta can contribute to dental decay and unhealthy gums. Helping your children maintain a healthy diet can prevent dental decay and bleeding while brushing.
  • Teach your children good dental hygiene—Make sure your child is brushing his or her teeth at least twice a day and flossing once (usually at bedtime). If your child is not old enough to brush correctly, you should help your child until her or she can control the toothbrush. Brushing and flossing regularly is often enough to stop bleeding gums and prevent gum disease in your child. If bleeding gums persist, a trip to the dentist is a good idea.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups—It is recommended that children receive a dental checkup every six months.
  • Frequently check your child’s mouth for signs of gum disease—Along with bloody gums, other signs of gum disease include bad breath, swollen gums, bright red gums, and receding gums.

Regular brushing and a healthy diet should stop the bleeding in a week to 10 days. If it doesn’t, schedule an appointment with your local Kool Smiles dentist.

Why Kool Smiles?

Kool Smiles is a dentist office for kids and their parents dedicated to making sure children have the healthiest smiles possible. When you bring your child in for a dental exam, you’ll find colorful waiting rooms and friendly staff members to help your child have a relaxed and pleasant experience.

Make an Appointment at Kool Smiles Today

Kool Smiles accepts most forms of insurance, including Medicaid and Tricare, at our 120 locations nationwide. Contact us to make an appointment at a location near you today.

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Sources:

ADA: http://www.ada.org.au/app_cmslib/media/lib/0711/m102959_v1_healthyeating_factsheet.pdf

Colgate: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/dental-visits