Gum disease isn’t just an issue that threatens smiles in adulthood. In fact, children may also be susceptible to gingivitis and periodontal disease, which threatens their oral health. Without treatment, the disease could cause discomfort and an increased risk of tooth loss. In order to prevent gum disease in Galveston, TX, we may suggest a deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing.
What is a Deep Cleaning?
Trouble begins with inflammation, which could be caused by a number of factors, such as plaque buildup on the teeth, certain medications, inflammatory illnesses, and family history. However, plaque buildup as a result of poor oral hygiene is the most common cause. The plaque buildup irritates and inflames the gum tissue, causing gingivitis. Without treatment, the inflammation grows more severe until the gums pull away from the teeth, forming deep pockets. When certain bacteria enter these pockets, periodontal disease develops.
A deep cleaning involves the use of an ultrasonic scaling device to remove plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) from the surface of your teeth and the roots. In some cases, the treatment takes one visit. Severe buildup may need between two and four visits to complete. Removing plaque helps close the pockets and reduce inflammation, reversing gingivitis and successfully managing gum disease.
The Danger of Gum Disease
When gum disease forms, there is no cure. Routine care is necessary to manage the disease and prevent the advanced stage. The advanced stage of periodontal disease, known as periodontitis, may cause the tissues connecting the teeth and gums to become severed, leading to loose teeth and tooth loss.
To avoid the risk of periodontal disease and tooth loss, be sure your child sees us every six months for a routine exam and cleaning, so we can watch for the warning signs and remove all plaque in a few minutes with a dental cleaning. Remember, redness and soreness in the gums, as well as bleeding, could indicate the need for treatment. Children should be brushing their teeth twice daily for two minutes and even more importantly, they need to floss before going to bed. Brushing and flossing remove food particles, reducing the severity of plaque and tartar in between dental cleanings. If you have any questions about the scaling and root planing process, or about preventing and recognizing periodontal disease, then contact our team today.
Does Your Child Need Periodontal Treatment?
If your child experiences sore, red gums, then let us know right away. We may be able to reverse gingivitis and restore oral health. For more information on maintaining optimal smile health for your little ones, then schedule an appointment by calling Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.