Gum Disease

While Gum disease or gingivitis is commonly associated with adults, it is a nearly universal problem among children and adolescents, too. Chronic gingivitis can cause gum tissue to swell, turn red, and bleed easily. Gingivitis is preventable and treatable with a regular routine of brushing, flossing, and professional dental care. If left untreated, it can eventually advance to more serious forms of gum disease.

Signs of Gum Disease

  • Gums appear red or swollen
  • Gums feel tender
  • Gums bleed easily during brushing or flossing
  • Gums recede or pull away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose teeth

Conditions that make children more susceptible to periodontal disease include

  • Type I diabetes
  • Down syndrome
  • Papillon-Lefevre syndrome