Looking After Your Child’s Dental Health | Hoboken Dentist

children losing teethBecause we are aware that children will lose their first set of teeth, we tend to think that their dental hygiene isn’t all that important. After all, the first set completely falls out – why do they need to be looked after? They shouldn’t be overlooked because the first set sets to tone for the second set. If you have dental issues in the beginning, it is possible for those same issues to plague the following set. So, as soon as you child begins to show they are beginning to teethe, or it’s their first birthday, take them to a dental professional. They will not only give you indications of any issues that may arise in the future but can also alleviate any dental anxiety going forward.

Plaque has bacteria that produces toxins and damages gums. The bacteria gather around pockets in your gums. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque on your teeth and gums. This will lead to bleeding gums and gums pulling away from the teeth. Eventually teeth will become loose and possibly fall out. As you begin to teach your child dental hygiene practices, keep these tips in mind to help your child ward off gum disease:

  • Be sure your child brushes twice a day for two minutes and flosses as well
  • Brush with toothpaste that has fluoride
  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush; replace every 3 months or after any illness
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy diet. Avoid sugary snacks and junk food
  • Take your child for regular dental visits for checkups and cleanings

To learn more about pediatric dental hygiene, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken and all surrounding areas.

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 http://www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

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.