What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, sometimes referred to as gingivitis or periodontal disease, is fairly common in all age groups. Chronic gum disease is common in children and adolescents and can cause the gums to become swollen, bloody, and sensitive. Conditions that make children more susceptible to gum disease include Type I Diabetes, Down Syndrome, and Papillon-Lefevre Syndrome.
Luckily, gum disease is highly preventable with a good oral health regime consisting of regular brushing, flossing, and regular professional dental care. If left untreated, it can eventually advance to more serious forms of gum disease.
Signs of Gum Disease Include:
- Gums appear red or swollen
- Gums feel tender
- Gums bleed easily during brushing or flossing
- Gums recede or pull away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose teeth