Why Gingivitis Is a Big Problem for Little Kids

dca-blog_dental-fears-kid-teddy-bear

Are your child’s teeth tender and their gums slightly swollen? They may have periodontal disease and must see a dentist immediately to begin treatment if you see signs of gum disease. Many believe periodontal disease only affects adults, but children can also develop it at any time in their youth. Learn what to expect as you take your child through treatment.

6 Signs of Gum Disease

Gum disease can span the spectrum from simple tenderness to serious illness. Dentists divide them into these categories:

  1. Tender, red gums
  2. Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
  3. Receding gums
  4. Loose or separating teeth
  5. A shift in alignment of jaw and bite
  6. Halitosis or bad taste in the mouth

Causes of Gum Disease

Plaque and bacteria are the leading causes of gingivitis. But the buildup of this dental decay can lead to severe periodontal disease. Decay may be the most common culprit in gingivitis, but these are other potential reasons:

  • A vitamin C deficiency or a diet lacking essential nutrients
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Teeth grinding
  • Medical conditions including diabetes and systemic or autoimmune diseases
  • Hormonal changes
  • Certain medications
  • Genetics

Stages of Periodontal Disease

The stages of gum disease range from slight to severe. Dentists divide them into these three categories:

  • Gingivitis: As the mildest form of periodontal disease, the gums are starting to become swollen and tend to bleed easily when during brushing and flossing.
  • Mild periodontitis: If gingivitis isleftuntreated, it can worsen into this stage. The signs of this gum disease include severely swollen gums, pockets around the gum line, loosening of teeth, and erosion of the bone surrounding teeth.
  • Moderate to advanced periodontitis: This is the most advanced stage because it is a substantial loss of both bone and tissue around the teeth.

Treatment of Periodontal Disease

Your child’s dentist in Indiana will determine the best course of care for your child based on their age and medical history, along with the extent of the periodontal disease and your child’s tolerance levels. Treatment typically includes plaque removal procedures, medication, or surgery for advanced cases.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Indiana, call Wadas Dental today at (866) 881-7554 or make an appointment.

Wadas Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Indiana. Our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Wadas Dental, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Wadas Dental.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
My association with Wadas Dental goes back many years of dental service with complete satisfaction !
Thomas S.
Excellent!
Ashley W.
The staff here is incredible! Very friendly and helpful! They put up with and understand my sense of humor, which is greatly appreciated when my mouth is being poked a lot.
Justin M.
Excellent service from staff. The dentist and staff. explained the service in detail. I will recommend this dentist to family and friends.
Wendy D.
Great caring service.
Jerry S.
I’ve been coming to Wadas dental center for 7 years now and I’ve always received the best treatment, and the staff is always so friendly!
Melanie P.
At the age of 51, Dr Cooper took away my fear of dentists! Believe it or not it was with a full upper implant procedure too! Teeth pulled, metal drilled into my head, constant visits back and forth […]
Cathy C.
The doctors and staff here are really friendly. They make the process of going to the dentist so smooth.
Desiree B.
The staff here is friendly and helpful. I need to have a few different things done, and Dr. Cooper explained everything while developing my treatment plan. He and Maria listened to my concerns and […]
Katherine W.
After our former dentist retired, we had to find a new dentist for our whole family. I am thankful we found the Wadas Dental Center. Everyone in the office was wonderful to deal with and Dr. Cooper […]
Shari K.
My experience was great! Staff was polite and professional and I feel they went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and understood all options available.
Wilda B.
I am comfortable with the quality of care and the expert service.
Irene H.
Great diagnostics, great treatment plan, great customer service!
Matthew M.
My dental asst. Tasha was wonderful! I was really nervous and she really calmed me down.  Dr. Cooper is great, he is also very calming and answered all my questions.  I’m really glad we […]
Phyllis M.
Great people who do a tremendous job. I had Lisa and she was just wonderful
Iris L.
My trips to Wadas have been nothing short of pleasant, quick, and easy. The hours are very convenient and the staff is always so friendly! I’ve been here twice and I’ve always been taken […]
Desiree
Love Vicky she is THE best hygienist I ever had . Truly professional and a plus to have her on staff .
Harold W.
Friendly, Professional.
Efran R.
The staff appears to work as a team to serve the health of all their clients. Clients appear to be happy, and to get what they came for.
Angela T.
Everyone was so pleasant from start to finish. It really felt like I had been there before. The Dentist showed real concern with preventative precautionaries and information to help with any future […]
Rhanetra L.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here