Periodontal disease is rarely found in children, and only sometimes found in adolescents.
However, children should still learn the importance of keeping their teeth and gums healthy to prevent periodontal disease in the future.
Children should brush their teeth twice a day and learn how to floss properly- if children learn how to floss at an early age, they will be more likely to make it a lifetime habit.
These two simple acts will help protect their teeth and gums from periodontal disease.
As a parent, you should also be aware of the warning signs of periodontal disease, which include red, swollen, bleeding gums or bad breath that won’t go away.
If your child develops any of these symptoms, tell your dental professional right away. It’s also a good idea to ensure your dental professional knows your complete family history, as genetics can play an important role in the early development of periodontal disease.
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As children move into their teen years, the hormones involved in puberty place teens at a greater risk of periodontal disease.
The gums become more sensitive with the increase in blood flow due to the rising hormone levels. Having persistent at-home oral care regimen is a critical step in your child’s fight against periodontal disease.
But sometimes brushing and flossing are simply not enough. Having your child’s teeth cleaned twice a year, or as recommended, is crucial.
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