Most parents are concerned about their children getting cavities, and rightly so. We treat tooth decay in children at The Parkway Dentist in Fort Worth, and it’s a serious and widespread disease.
What about kids’ gum disease? Are little ones at risk for an oral ailment that is common in the adult population?
Short answer: yes.
Let’s discuss it.
Children and teens are at risk of gingivitis and the more advanced periodontal disease.
What causes gingivitis and periodontal disease?
Gingivitis and periodontal disease are caused by plaque buildup.
Food particles mixed with saliva produce a sticky film called plaque. Plaque generates bacteria. If it is not removed regularly with brushing and flossing, the bacteria multiply. The plaque builds up on the teeth.
The gums respond to the bacteria by becoming sore and inflamed. Plaque buildup hardens into calculus. Calculus cannot be removed by a toothbrush or dental floss. Calculus can be removed during a professional dental cleaning.