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Children Can Be At Risk For Gum Disease

July 26, 2021

Just because they’re young doesn’t mean that young children and teenagers aren’t susceptible to gum disease. Periodontal diseases can easily strike kids in that age range who are otherwise healthy. 

Teens are at a greater risk for periodontal disease due to the hormonal changes that accompany puberty. Progesterone and conceivably estrogen deliver more blood circulation to the gums, which can heighten the gums’ reaction to irritations such as plaque and bits of food. 

Periodontists treat only the gums and the bone supporting the teeth. Following dental school, they continue their education with three years of training that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease.

At the office of Russell D. Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, we pride ourselves on building strong, lasting doctor-patient relationships and on our high standards of periodontal service. You can feel confident that our periodontists will treat you or your child’s issue using expert knowledge and skills. 

These oral diseases are not uncommon in children.

Chronic gingivitis. It makes gums swell, turn very red and bleed easily. Using a regular regime of brushing, flossing and certified dental care, chronic gingivitis is avoidable and treatable. If it isn’t treated, however, it can ultimately turn into a more intense type of periodontal disease. 

Aggressive periodontitis. This disorder targets the first molars and incisors of teens and young adults. Aggressive periodontitis attacks and eats into the alveolar bone, which is the thick ridge of jaw bone that holds tooth sockets. 

Generalized aggressive periodontitis. It tends to start around puberty and is characterized by gum irritation, and a lot of plaque and calculus (calcified dental plaque). This kind of periodontitis can make teeth become loose.  

In addition to teaching your young child excellent oral health habits, it’s wise to check his or her mouth for bad breath and gums that are bleeding, swollen, receding or really red. 

At the office of Russell D. Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, you can feel confident that our dedicated specialists have thorough and expert proficiency regarding any periodontal procedure you or your child needs. For more information about our office and our other dental services, please don’t hesitate to call today for an appointment.

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