Gingivitis in kids is a pretty common complaint. So if you are a parent and you see their gums not looking quite right, don’t panic. Gingivitis is treatable and we will discuss here what steps can be taken, but first let it us be clear about exactly what Gingivitis is.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a mild gum disease that causes swelling, redness and sometimes bleeding of the gums around the base of the teeth. If left unchecked it can lead to a more serious gum disease called periodontitis. So now that we know exactly what Gingivitis is and how it can present, we need to take a look at the causes.
What Causes Gingivitis?
Gingivitis in kids is caused by poor oral hygiene. We all know how hard it is to get our kids to brush properly. Who hasn’t sent their little boy or girl back to do a better job? Maybe you have desperately relied on mouthwash, to at least take care of their breath! Don’t worry any judgment here. Despite our best efforts, sometimes our little ones just don’t get their teeth clean. Gingivitis is caused by the build-up of plaque and tartar on teeth, this, in turn, causes inflammation that irritates the gum line called the gingiva.
What are some kid-friendly treatments for Gingivitis?
So the first thing to do is to step up your oral hygiene game. Establish the importance of brushing their teeth. Here are some ways that you can encourage your little one to brush.
- Brush your teeth, the same time as they do. Kids imitate behavior and this will encourage a healthy routine.
- Start brushing teeth early, at 18 months you can use a small amount of low fluoride toothpaste and start cleaning your kid’s teeth.
- Let them choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste. They will feel grown up and will want to follow through with the process.
- It is also important to choose an antibacterial toothpaste and mouthwash. Daily flossing is also recommended. I recommend the individual floss for kids, so it’s easier to handle.
So as you can see, getting a handle on Gingivitis is not insurmountable. With a little determination and consistency, you can get rid of it for good!