Childhood Gum Disease | Hoboken Dentist

122406213When it comes to our children, we do whatever we can to make sure they are healthy and happy. And while they only have their first set of teeth right now, there is no reason why they can’t start to cultivate a really great oral care routine that will last a lifetime. After all, just because we get two sets to deal with before we even hit adulthood doesn’t mean we can teach them fundamentals early. Sure, ask a child what they’d like to eat and chances are they will choose something full of sugar and not the best option. But did you know they can actually get gum disease? Yes, even little people can have gum disease issues. Here are the top three versions of gum disease that affect them most.

Chronic gingivitis. Common with children, chronic gingivitis causes gum tissue to turn red, swollen, even bloody. Easily preventable with good hygiene and regular dental visits, this type of gum disease is a common childhood issue that can be bypassed with good fundamentals. Because children are losing lots of teeth during this time, mistaking a more serious issue as your typical growing process is something that is pretty typical. Look for the signs. If they are complaining about brushing and they say it hurts when they do, it may be time to pay you dentist a visit to ensure there isn’t something more serious.

Aggressive Periodontitis. This one will not affect the younger children as much as it will the bigger kids and can affect even the healthiest of patients. Focusing mainly on the molars and incisor teeth, it is characterized by a severe alveolar bone loss.

Generalized Aggressive Periodontitis. Similar to aggressive periodontitis, the generalized version tends to affect those going through puberty and will affect the entire mouth. Inflamed gums and extreme plaque and calculus are distinctive traits of this version. The hormonal imbalance we go through during this time of our young lives makes it very easy for adolescents to develop gum disease. The more hormones raging through their blood, the more sensitive gums are and easily susceptible to irritations. Keeping a good dental regime will help them get through this tough time. As they progress through puberty, being prone to infections will also lessen.

It is important to provide your child with a good role model when it comes to keeping up good oral health. It will prevent them from having a lot of painful days and isn’t that what we want for them as parents?

For more information about childhood gum disease by Dental Associated of Hoboken in Hoboken, NJ call 201-795-2111 or visit www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.

Dental Associates of Hoboken also proudly accept patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark, and surrounding areas.

Gingivitis | Hoboken Dentist

close up smile red lipstickExperts estimate that as many as 70% of Americans suffer from some level of gum disease. The mildest form – gingivitis – is both easily treated, and easily prevented, with proper oral hygiene. Knowing the causes and symptoms can help patients identify problems before they become serious, and treat them before they advance into full periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease, including gingivitis, is characterized by the presence of bacterial colonies within the gums, causing infections, inflammation, pain, and soreness. As the bacteria multiplies and feeds, it creates acids that damage teeth, gum tissue, and even bone. While healthy gums can resist superficial bacteria, poor oral hygiene allows bacteria to remain in constant contact with gums, which inevitably allows the bacteria to penetrate below the gum line, where brushing, flossing, and mouthwash have little impact.

The primary symptoms of gingivitis are red, sore, swollen gums that bleed easily. Many people will suspect a problem when they see blood on their toothbrush or bleeding after flossing. It’s likely that early phases of gingivitis will have little to no pain – in this phase, professional cleaning, brushing and flossing properly and regularly may be enough to impact the bacterial colonies beneath the gums. Visiting a dentist will allow the dentist to assess the extent of the bacterial presence, and your dentist may recommend deeper cleaning (such as periodontal scaling) to help clean the bacteria from below the gum line.

If you see blood on your toothbrush, or if your gums bleed when you floss, it’s likely that you’re in the early phases of gingivitis/periodontal disease. While you don’t need to panic, you should be aware that the problem could become very severe if left untreated. Be sure to brush and floss regularly, and schedule a routine professional cleaning. If you have questions about the impact of gingivitis, ask your dentist during your next appointment.

For more information about oral health by Dental Associated of Hoboken in Hoboken, NJ call 201-795-2111 or visit www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.

Dental Associates of Hoboken also proudly accept patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark, and surrounding areas.