Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf
3500 Old Washington Road, Suite 301, Waldorf, MD 20602

A Parent’s Guide to Kids Periodontal Disease

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Many parents are only concerned about cavities in their kids, but kids are also at risk for developing gum disease. Learn what you can do to protect your child’s dental health.

The Big Picture on Kids Periodontal Disease

If you think that periodontal disease only afflicts adults, think again. It can also affect children and teens at any age or stage. The mildest and most common form of periodontal disease is simply called gum disease. If a case becomes chronic and doesn’t receive treatment, it can become the more severe form, known as periodontal disease. Certain factors can greatly increase the risk of gum disease in kids, including:

  • Poor oral hygiene and habits
  • Genetics, such as a parent with periodontal disease
  • Hormones
  • Certain medications
  • Diseases including diabetes, cancer, and autoimmune disorders

Symptoms of Suffering

Many parents are surprised to learn about the risk of gum disease in kids. Luckily, this dental problem can be completely avoided with proper dental care and regular professional treatment. But if your child experiences any of these warning signs, take them to your family dentist immediately to get them the treatment they need. Check for the following symptoms:

  • Swollen, red gums
  • Soreness and tenderness when gums are touched
  • Bleeding gums, particularly while brushing and flossing
  • Gum recession
  • Constant bad breath
  • Loss of bone

How Parents can Prevent the Problem

Since kids periodontal disease can damage your child’s smile, you must be involved in protecting your child’s dental health. Follow these simple tips to keep your child’s smile healthy:

  1. While children are young, take good care of their teeth and gums.
  2. As they get older, teach them healthy hygiene habits and monitor their maintenance.
  3. Ask your family dentist for advice on the proper dental care for every age and stage.
  4. Make sure that your child brushes and flosses every day.
  5. Take your child to your family dentist for regular dental checkups and cleanings.
  6. If gum disease runs in your family, be especially pro-active about preventing kids periodontal disease.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Waldorf, call Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf today at (301) 861-0665 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Waldorf. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf.

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