Gum disease diagnosis and treatment for kids
At Nia Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we offer a selection of services for children to ensure they have healthy smiles. Conditions such as gum disease, or periodontal disease, can significantly impact the smile’s health and result in the loss of gum tissue, jawbone, and natural teeth. If you are interested in learning about the diagnosis of periodontal disease and the treatment of gum disease for kids, contact our Canton and Marietta, Georgia, area team for an appointment.
Types of gum disease in children
There are three types of gum disease in children: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis.
- Gingivitis. Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. It usually happens when plaque builds up on the teeth and gums. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. If plaque isn’t removed, it can harden and turn into tartar. Tartar can cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed easily.
- Periodontitis. Periodontitis is more severe than gingivitis. It occurs when the gums are chronically inflamed and pull away from the teeth. This creates pockets where bacteria can grow and destroy the tissues that support the teeth.
- Advanced periodontitis. Advanced periodontitis is the most severe form of gum disease. It can occur when periodontitis is not treated and the inflammation and bone loss progress. This can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Preventing gum disease
Gum disease is a serious problem, especially for children. It’s important to brush and floss regularly to remove plaque and prevent gum disease. Children should also be visiting their dentist regularly for examinations, including x-rays, to monitor oral health and wellness. Preventing pediatric gum disease is beneficial in avoiding the damage it can cause to the smile.
Periodontal disease in toddlers and children
If you think your child may have gum disease, see a pediatric gum specialist right away. Early treatment can help prevent the condition from worsening and causing irreversible damage. At Nia Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we offer services for children of all ages, including periodontal cleaning, grafting for pediatric gum recession, and treatment for gum disease. Call (770) 800-8986 to request an appointment at our two office locations in Marietta and Canton, GA.