WHAT IS PERIODONTAL (GUM) DISEASE?
Here at A Childrens Dentist, we work hard to prevent periodontal disease.
Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by all of the bacteria in our mouth that forms plaque on our teeth. Without routine brushing and flossing, it continues to build up, forming tartar.
People with periodontal disease can have red and swollen gums that bleed quite easily. It may be hard for them to eat because their teeth are so sensitive. They may be missing teeth. Some people with periodontal disease have very bad breath.
We diagnose periodontal disease by examining your child’s teeth. We also use a probe to look for any problem areas. X-rays are also necessary to diagnose the disease.
A good professional cleaning is necessary to remove the tartar from your mouth and underneath your gums. If your child’s periodontal disease is bad, you may need to follow up your child’s brushing and flossing with antibacterial mouthrinse. You may even need to use an antibacterial gel or start on oral antibiotics to help to get rid of the disease. Sometimes surgery is necessary to help with the deep pockets of infection.
Once your child’s periodontal disease is under control, good home care with brushing and flossing should help keep it from coming back.
If you are concerned that your child may have periodontal disease, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (702) 255-0133. We will get your child in for an examination as soon as possible.