Gum Disease and Kids | Sioux City, IA
4220 Sergeant Rd., Ste. 100, Sioux City IA 51106
Dona W. Prince, DDS

Oral Health For Kids

  • By Dona Prince
  • 27 November, 2017

Though less common than in adults, children can also get infections and diseases of the gums. Usually gum disease presents in children in its mildest form, called gingivitis, when it is most treatable. Gum disease is of great concern to overall oral health because it impacts not only the gums, but the soft tissues, teeth, and bones as well.

The condition begins with bacteria and plaque in the mouth that is not removed with brushing. The bacteria layers itself on the teeth and collects where teeth and gum meet. Because it is full of toxins, infection can set in and become a threat to oral health. It begins as gingivitis and can quickly advance into a more menacing form called periodontal disease. At this stage, the bone and tissues can become compromised enough that teeth get loose and fall out.

Symptoms and signs to watch out for include:

  • Red, bloody, puffy gums
  • Chewing becomes painful
  • Receding gums making the teeth look longer
  • Bad breath
  • Loose or lost permanent teeth

A serious dental problem may be developing if you child is experiencing any of the issues listed above. Our team of professionals at the office of Dona W. Prince will help develop a custom plan to treat, remediate, and prevent gum disease.

Improper oral care is the leading cause of gum disease. We encourage adults to help children establish robust oral hygiene routines that will set them up for a lifetime of good mouth health. Children do best by brushing with fluoride at least twice daily and flossing at bedtime. A diet low in sugar and refined grains is beneficial for oral and whole body health.

Prioritize appointments with us at Dona W. Prince for a comprehensive evaluation and professional cleaning. In general, dental appointments should be made every six months, but do not wait if you are observing any of the issues related to gingivitis or periodontal disease.

We look forward to serving you soon! Call us today.

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Dona W. Prince, DDS
4220 Sergeant Road, Suite 100
Sioux City, IA 51106
(712) 274-2228