What are periodontal (gum) diseases?
What is periodontal disease in kids? Many people think of periodontal disease as an adult problem. However, studies indicate that gingivitis (the first stage of periodontal disease) is nearly a universal finding in children and adolescents. Advanced forms of periodontal disease are more rare in children than adults, but can occur.
What the types of periodontal diseases in children? Gingivitis usually causes gum tissue to swell, turn red and bleed easily. It is both preventable and treatable with a regular brushing, flossing and professional dental care. However, left untreated, it can eventually advance to more serious forms of periodontal disease.
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- Bleeding - Bleeding gums during tooth brushing, flossing or any other time. This is caused by toxins created by bacteria, that irritate the gums making them tender and lead to bleeding.
- Puffiness - Swollen and bright red gums
- Recession - Gums that have receded away from the teeth, exposing the roots
- Bad breath - Constant bad breath that does not clear up with brushing and flossing