Gum disease doesn’t just occur in adults. Children can have it too, although in a milder form called gingivitis. Gum disease is caused when the gums become swollen and even infected due to the build-up of food debris that turns into plaque and tartar.
You can see if your child has gum disease if the gums are red or swollen and he has persistent bad breath. Their gums may also bleed when brushing or flossing.
To prevent gum disease in your child, make sure that he brushes and flosses his teeth at least twice a day, every day. A visit to the dentist starting from his first year, when teeth has come in already is also advised. It is important to promote nutritious food and avoid sweet, sugary foods.
However, if your child already has gum disease, the best thing to do is to take him to your local dentist for professional dental cleaning. Establishing good oral hygiene is also a must.
For a more advanced case of gum disease, your dentist will also perform deep cleaning.