Can Children Get Gum Disease?

Most people know that bleeding gums aren’t a good sign in adults. But, most don’t know that it’s just as bad of a sign in children. In fact, children are just as prone to gun infection and inflammation as adults are. Even worse, gum disease in children carries very serious consequences down the line.

So, for the parents out there, do know that your child is at a very real risk of gum disease.

Are Bleeding Gums Always A Bad Sign?

While it’s definitely not a good thing, bleeding gums is not always a sign that your son or daughter has gum disease. Case in point, he or she may just be brushing or flossing too aggressively, causing the gums to bleed. This is why it’s recommended for parents to supervise and assist their children until they are old enough. Do remember that gently brushing teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and flossing slowly is more than enough. Also, if your child flosses every day and then suddenly skips for a few days, a bit of bleeding is to be expected as soon as he or she starts flossing again.

What Causes Gum Disease In Children?

Gum disease affects children for the same reason it affects adults and the elderly. This means that lack of proper oral hygiene is still the main culprit. Of course, genetics also play a key role, as some people are just genetically more susceptible to gum disease, despite practicing aggressive oral care habits.

Keep in mind that children are a special case in that gum disease doesn’t just cause pain and infection in them. It also affects their growth and can have serious consequences on their speech and jaw development, especially if left to progress and not treated immediately.

Symptoms To Watch Out For

The earliest symptoms of gum disease are puffy, swollen or reddish gums. Such gums are much more sensitive and often bleed quite easily during brushing and flossing. Do also watch out for chronic bad breath that doesn’t go away with regular brushing or flossing. If not caught early enough, your child’s teeth may to wiggle and become loose, and around the same time, the gums may develop pockets that make for ideal breeding grounds for bacteria such as plaque.

Prevention and Treatment

Ideally, you’ll want to prevent your child from getting gum disease, and the best way to do so is to encourage good dental hygiene. You should always remind our child to brush his or her teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once. You should also make it a point to visit the dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups. By establishing a habit early on and setting an example, you will have put your child on the right path to enjoying a lifetime of good oral health.

Unfortunately, you can’t always prevent gum disease, so the next best thing you can do is to make sure that it’s caught as early as possible. Frequent dental checkups and cleaning increase the likelihood of gum disease being caught early on. Also, as soon as you notice your child’s gums becoming puffy, swollen o reddish, and/or notice any signs of bleeding, don’t hesitate to visit your dentist immediately.

Ultimately, you are your child’s first line of defense against gum disease. And, by teaching your child how to take care of his or her teeth right now, you make sure that your child gets to enjoy having a healthy set of pearly whites for years to come.

For more information on children’s oral health call Dr. Flynne Weingarten at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at

Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive? | Hoboken Dentist

If you find yourself constantly avoiding hot or cold food and beverages because it is painful, then it may be time to do something about it.

What Is Dentin Hypersensitivity?

Dentin, which contains microscopic tubules filled with tiny nerve endings, make up most of the insides of your teeth. Protecting it is a hard outer layer of enamel and cementum.

Dentin hypersensitivity or nerve irritation is a sharp dental pain that often occurs whenever the dentin loses much of the enamel or cementum. Without its natural protective coating, the tiny nerve endings become vulnerable to being exposed to hot, cold, acidic or sticky foods, which can make for quite the painful experience.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Many things can cause tooth sensitivity, such as:

  • Using a hard toothbrush can wear the enamel out and cause tooth sensitivity. So too can aggressively brushing teeth. This is why many dental experts recommend using a soft-bristled tooth.
  • Regularly drinking highly acidic foods and beverages, such as soda and juices, can also cause tooth erosion and lead to sensitive teeth.
  • Tooth decay, broken teeth and worn leaky fillings can also cause the dentin of your tooth to be exposed.
  • Tooth grinding can wear the teeth enamel out and lead to tooth sensitivity.
  • It is also very common for patients who recently received dental treatment, especially with procedures such as crowns, fillings, and tooth bleaching to have sensitive teeth. This, however, is temporary, and will usually go away in a few days’ time.

Visiting the Dentist

The best way to find relief from your pain and discomfort is to visit the dentist. Be sure to tell your dentist when you started noticing the pain and let the dentist know if you’ve done something to make yourself feel better, such as applying warm compresses or anything else.

After a couple of questions and doing preliminary examination, the dentist will then treat the underlying cause. Treatment can vary from something as simple as fixing a cavity or applying an in-office fluoride gel to strengthen the tooth enamel. Treatment can also be much worse and require surgery from a periodontist to fix gum loss that has led to your teeth’s root surfaces to become exposed.

What You Can Do About It

Other than in-office procedures and treatment, there are a few things that you can do yourself to help alleviate the pain. Case in point, using desensitizing toothpastes can help block off the nerve endings in the exposed dentin and reduce pain. You can also try to avoid acidic foods and drinks to see if it helps with the pain.

Of course, prevention is always better than cure, and the best way to prevent tooth sensitivity is to brush properly twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush every day and floss at least once daily. Also, if you grind your teeth, you may want to bring up the issue with your dentist as soon as you can well before it causes other problems, such as tooth sensitivity.

In any case, if you’ve been staying away from certain types of food and beverages for quite a while know to avoid pain, be sure to set an appointment with with Dr. Musarra. Call today at 201-795-2111 or visit our website at