Prevention of gum diseases in children
- By Team TDO
The start of disease indicates gingivitis, which further leads to periodontitis:
- Gums bleed even with regular flossing and brushing of the teeth
- Swollen and tender bright red gums
- Receding gums
- Bad breath which persists even after proper brushing and flossing.
How to prevent gum disease in children:
- Proper oral hygiene, with regular brushing of teeth. Adults should brush kid’s teeth once in a week.
- Kids should brush their teeth for at least 2-3 minutes.
- Floss daily, preferably before bedtime, to remove bacteria causing food particles that lurk between the teeth.
- Regular visits to dentist are important to maintain the health of kid’s gums, and also for the early detection of oral health problems. Should visit at least twice a year. Parents should also keep a check on their kid’s gums between dental visits to look for signs of periodontal disease.