Gum Disease

Pediatric Gum Disease

It’s hard to imagine young children suffering from gum disease, but without proper oral hygiene at home or regular visits to Fioritto Family Dental, babies, toddlers, and adolescents in your household could suffer tooth decay and gum disease, just like adults.  The good news is, our doctors can help to advise you and create a customized pediatric gum disease treatment plan to fight symptoms, reverse damage, and prevent future oral health concerns.

 Types of Gum Disease

There are three main types of gum disease prevalent in children and adolescents: chronic gingivitis, localized aggressive periodontitis, and generalized aggressive periodontitis.  Chronic gingivitis, common in children of all ages, is characterized by red, swollen, tender, and possibly bleeding gum tissue.  If left untreated, it can lead to more serious health concerns like periodontitis and even tooth decay.

Both forms of aggressive periodontitis are more often seen in teens and preteens.  Localized aggressive periodontitis tends to affect the incisors and first molars, typically resulting in alveolar bone loss in these areas.  Often, patients are otherwise healthy and tend to have little plaque or tartar buildup.

Generalized aggressive periodontitis frequently appears during puberty and it affects the entire mouth.  It is characterized by significant plaque and tartar buildup, as well as inflammation of gum tissue.  Without proper gum disease treatment for kids, this condition may cause teeth to become loose.

Warning Signs

Even if your kids brush and floss, gum disease can appear. It’s best to know the warning signs so you can spot them early and seek appropriate gum disease treatment.  Warning signs of gingivitis and periodontitis could include:

  • Persistent bad breath (despite brushing and flossing)
  • Gum inflammation (swelling)
  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Bleeding gums (especially during brushing and flossing)
  • Gum recession

If you notice any of these symptoms, contact us at Fioritto Family Dental immediately to schedule a consultation.  With early diagnosis and treatment, you have the best chance to reverse pediatric gum disease and prevent further damage.

Experts in Pediatric Gum Disease Treatment

As experts in pediatric dental care, the talented team at Fioritto Family Dental are pleased to offer a variety of services designed to help children and adolescents maintain optimal oral health.  We also help parents by advising them on good oral hygiene habits for kids and providing information about preventive care and necessary treatments to combat gum disease and other potential issues.

When parents act as good role models, instill good oral hygiene habits, and schedule regular visits for professional cleaning and dental care, children can learn healthy habits for life and avoid common problems like pediatric gum disease.

For help maintaining your child’s oral health or dealing with gum disease, contact us at Fioritto Family Dental today at 440-951-5511 or online to schedule an appointment and learn more.