Helping Your Adolescent to Maintain Healthy Gums
Teens are a high risk for gum disease thanks to the hormone changes that take place during puberty. This makes a good oral care routine for those nearing or going through the adolescent years vital. What are some indicators of gum disease, and how do you know when it’s time to schedule a dental appointment?
The Importance of a Good Dental Care Routine for Teens
Food particles and plaque that are allowed to remain on teeth can cause gum sensitivity. The gums may start to redden, swell, and become painful. Gingivitis is the term for the early stages of gum disease. At this point, it may still be possible to recover fully by maintaining a good brushing a flossing schedule and keeping up with 6-month dental checkups.
However, as the pain, redness, and swelling increases and gums start to bleed during brushing, it’s clearly time to get a pediatric dentist involved. Without a professional cleaning of the gums, the problem will only continue to spread and grow worse, potentially leading to receding gums, lost teeth, or even rbone loss. What can parents do to help their kids avoid these gum disease problems?
Gum Disease Prevention Is the Key
Preventing gum disease is primarily about instilling good habits. At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, we help parents to instill the importance of a good dental care routine from childhood up. But if your teens have never developed these positive habits, the best time to start is today.
We encourage parents to serve as good role models by brushing and flossing regularly. Keep your dental checkup appointments every 6 months, and encourage your children to follow your example.
To schedule an appointment for your children, whether for a checkup or to correct a problem such as gum disease, call 619-741-1500 today. Our board-certified pediatric dentists excel at helping young people to learn lifelong good dental habits.