Because Little Gums Need Care Too
Lots of people never really think about their gums. Until they hurt, it can be easy to overlook these essential foundations of oral health – especially in kids. We help them brush and floss, take them to the dentist for regular checkups, and make sure they aren’t sipping soda all day, but how often do we look at their gums? Parents should check their little ones’ gums on a regular basis and offer this symptom list to their teenagers so they can keep an eye on their gums themselves.
Why? Gums not only hold teeth in place, they protect the roots of your teeth and the tooth roots and, in fact, your whole body from germs and other irritants that enter your child’s mouth every day. But if these tissues become infected, they are not only not protecting your children’s health, they could be actually contributing to all kinds of health issues including lowering their immune systems.
Clearly, gum or periodontal, disease is nothing to ignore. Unfortunately, gum disease can start very quietly, with barely noticeable symptoms. We recommend that you check your little one’s gums with regularity at home, offer tips to your teenager for maintaining and checking gum health, and see us for your regularly scheduled family dental exams.
Watch Closely for These Symptoms of Gum Disease:
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Puffiness or tenderness of the gums
- Bad breath
- Loose-feeling teeth
If any of these symptoms are present in your child’s mouth, call The Smile Place right away. We can help.