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29Jun2016

Don’t Let Gingivitis Keep Your Child From Smiling

YOUR CHILD IS SITTING IN THE DENTAL CHAIR, everything going as planned at their checkup, until their dentist tells you that they have gingivitis. If you haven’t heard of gingivitis before you’re probably thinking, “What is gingivitis? Is it serious? Is it treatable?”

We’ve compiled all the information you need to know about gingivitis so you can keep your child’s smile healthy!

What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums characterized by gum irritation, redness, swelling and sometimes bleeding. Symptoms of gingivitis are fairly mild and can even be painless. Visiting the dentist regularly is important so gingivitis can be diagnosed, especially if symptoms are not obvious.

Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal, or gum disease, and should be taken seriously. If left untreated, gingivitis will progress to full-blown gum disease, which can lead to receding and damaged gums as well as bone and tooth loss.

What Causes Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is usually the result of poor oral hygiene. When plaque is not removed by proper brushing and flossing, bacteria-filled plaque hardens and turns into what is called tartar. Plaque and tartar buildup around the gum line cause gum irritation and inflammation or, in other words, gingivitis.

Other factors may contribute to the development of gingivitis such as hormonal changes (especially for expectant mothers), certain medications or illnesses, and genetic predisposition.

Is Gingivitis Reversible?

Finding out your child has gingivitis can be worrisome but here’s the good news: good oral hygiene habits and professional dental cleanings can, in most cases, rid them of gingivitis.

Proper oral hygiene not only prevents gingivitis, but treats it as well. Professional cleanings as recommended by your child’s dentist, daily brushing and flossing, and regular use of an antibacterial mouthwash can keep bacteria found in plaque at bay, effectively preventing and treating gingivitis.

So, yes, gingivitis is reversible! By treating it early and following the instructions of your family’s dental care provider, you can treat gingivitis and smile on!

Keep Your Child’s Smile Healthy

A smile shouldn’t only be happy, it should be healthy too! Your child’s oral health is the gateway to their overall health and wellness. So if they’ve been diagnosed with gingivitis, encourage them to practice proper oral hygiene and they’ll have their healthy smile back in no time.

If you have any questions regarding your family’s oral health, call us today or leave us a Facebook message. We’re always glad to address your concerns!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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