What types of periodontal disease should mothers be aware of?

Mothers and fathers should know that periodontal (gum) disease comes in several forms, ranging from mild to severe.

While the mildest form of gum disease, gingivitis, can be reversed, there are other types of periodontal diseases that can have more serious consequences.

For instance, chronic periodontitis can lead to the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth and it may become more severe over time. If it does, your teeth will feel loose and start moving around in your mouth. This is the most common form of periodontitis in adults but can occur at any age. It usually gets worse slowly, but there can be periods of rapid progression.

Aggressive periodontitis is a highly destructive form of periodontal disease that occurs in patients who are otherwise healthy. Common features include rapid loss of tissue and bone and may occur in some areas of the mouth, or in the entire mouth.

Regular dental checkups can help you prevent getting gum disease in the first place or catch it at the gingivitis stage when it's still reversible. Always remember to brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day and floss once a day.
Mothers should be aware of several progressive forms of periodontal disease can occur in children who do not practice good oral care. These include:
  • Chronic gingivitis. Common in children who do not brush or floss. The gums become red, inflamed, and bleed easily. Gingivitis represents the first stages of gum or periodontal disease. It is preventable and reversible with routine brushing, flossing, and dentist visits.
  • Aggressive forms of periodontitis which cause rapid loss of bone around the teeth.

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