3 Reasons Your Child May Have Bleeding Gums
Bleeding gums can be scary for a child, not to mention painful. As a parent, you hate to see your child in pain and want to fix the problem as soon as possible.
1. You Just Changed Toothbrushes
Changing out a toothbrush every few months is a great idea. Just be careful that you always replace the brush with one that has soft bristles. The packaging should be clearly marked. If you change toothbrushes for your child and gum bleeding starts, you may have accidently picked up a medium or hard bristle brush. The good news is, you can correct the problem with a few dollars and a quick trip to the store.
2. You Just Introduced Flossing
A new flossing routine will often result in bleeding gums. That should stop within a few days to a week. If you fall out of the routine, perhaps on vacation, the bleeding may start up again when you get back into the habit. If the problem lasts more than a week, you should give your pediatric dentist a call.
3. Gingivitis or Gum Disease
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. Gums darken toward a reddish color, swell, and become sensitive. If this is the cause of the bleeding, a good week of getting back into your regular brushing a flossing routine may correct the problem before it turns into an infection. However, once gum disease (periodontal disease) fully sets in with darker reddening of the gums and increased swelling, dental intervention is necessary, and an appointment should be scheduled as soon as possible. With excess plaque and tartar professionally removed and a good oral care routine resumed, periodontal disease will be relieved.
Your Pediatric Dentist Office for Prevention and Emergency Care
BRSH+FLSS is proud to focus on preventative pediatric dentistry. However, if an emergency ever does arise (such as gum disease), our well-trained and compassionate pediatric dentists are ready to help your child recover as quickly as possible with minimal discomfort. Call 619-741-1500 to schedule an appointment now.