Must-Know Info About the Causes of Gingivitis
Gingivitis is caused by a bacterial infection in your child's mouth. It can lead to serious dental problems and can affect your child's overall health. The good news is that gingivitis can be prevented with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental check-ups.
What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that causes redness and swelling of your child's gums. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to a much more serious gum disease (periodontitis), which damages the gums and bone that support your child's teeth. Periodontitis can make your child's teeth fall out and eventually lead to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and other serious health problems.
What Causes Gingivitis?
Without regular brushing and flossing, food can get trapped in the space between the gums and the teeth. This trapped food will grow bacteria that can cause gingivitis. Gingivitis can also result when the bacteria on your child's teeth (plaque) hardens into tartar and extends below the gum line. You can tell if you child has gingivitis by looking for
- Gums that are red, sore, swollen, or bleeding
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- Pain when your child eats or drinks
How Can You Prevent Gingivitis?
You can help your child prevent gingivitis. Encourage brushing and flossing twice a day. Thorough daily cleanings can help to remove trapped food and prevent bacteria from staying on your kids' teeth. Regular trips to the dentist will also make sure that your kids' teeth stay free from the plaque and tartar that can cause gingivitis.
Kool Smiles makes it easy to schedule and afford regular dental check-ups for your kids. We offer family-friendly offices and dental professionals who know how to put your kids at ease in the dentist's chair. We accept most types of insurance, including Medicaid and Tricare.
Find a Kool Smiles location near you, or call (855) 854-3621 to schedule an appointment.