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Does gingivitis affect children differently than adults?

Romesh Nalliah
Dentist

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums in response to dental plaque and it can affect children and adults. Excellent oral hygiene is necessary to prevent gingivitis and children may face greater challenges during the process of tooth eruption and jaw development when teeth may be crowded and difficult to clean.

Gingivitis does not affect children differently than it does adults. Studies have found that many children and adolescents have gingivitis. Parents should make sure to have their child’s gums checked as a part of routine dental care. They should also help their child establish good oral health habits as early as possible, and serve as role models for good oral hygiene.

Gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, treats children no differently from adults. If your child has gingivitis, their gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing. This is why good oral hygiene and having a healthy balanced diet are important for children. As your child gets older and starts taking care of his own teeth, make sure he brushes two times a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes and flosses daily to be Mouth Healthy for Life.

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