Some people think of gum disease as something that only happens to older adults, but the truth is that it’s also quite common among teenagers. This can cause serious problems like tooth loss and pain, and even bad breath.
Gum disease is basically an inflammation of the bone and tissue that supports the teeth and is caused by a buildup of plaque. Combating plaque involves regular brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist. Even with good oral hygiene habits, gum disease can be hereditary.
Eating too many sugary and starchy foods can also contribute to gum disease. If you wear braces, it can also be difficult to avoid plaque. Certain medicines and medical conditions can also increase your risk of developing gum disease.
Other factors that can contribute to gum disease include too much stress and not enough sleep. You might be surprised to learn that more than half of teenagers actually have some form of gum disease. Signs to look for include bleeding gums when you brush or floss and gums that are tender, red, or puffy.
Gum disease can be relatively pain-free, and children or teenagers may not recognize its signs or communicate them to their parents or dentist. That’s just another reason why regular dental checkups are so important. Your dentist can check for signs of gum disease by measuring the space in between your gums and teeth.
One reason teenagers develop gum disease is puberty. Their increased hormone levels increase the amount of blood flow to the gums which causes them to become more sensitive. With smaller children, poor dental hygiene is usually the reason gingivitis forms.
Tribeca Dental specializes in children’s dentistry. We are proud to grow with your children and provide them with all the restorative and orthodontic services they need. Call us at 212-561-5303 to schedule an appointment.