Can Children Get Receding Gums?

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Pay Attention For The Signs Of Gum Recession

Gum recession is the gradual loss of gum tissue that can expose the roots of the teeth. While gum recession is most common in adults over 40, it can begin as early as the teenage years.

It can be difficult to see the effects of gum recession early on because it develops gradually and may not have symptoms. You should take your child for regular dental exams that will include inspection of the gums for signs of recession.

As gum recession progresses, it can cause symptoms. The roots of the teeth can become exposed, making the teeth appear longer. The teeth can become sensitive when consuming hot or cold foods or beverages or when brushing. A bacterial infection can cause gum disease that can result in bad breath, inflammation, and bleeding and can lead to gum recession.

Receding gums can have several causes. Your child may be brushing too aggressively. Using a hard-bristled toothbrush or pressing too hard can wear away the tooth enamel at the gum line and irritate or inflame the gum tissue. Improper brushing and flossing can allow plaque to build up and lead to infection and erosion of the jawbone. Using any type of tobacco, but especially chewing tobacco, can aggravate the gingival lining in the mouth and cause gum recession. Wearing braces can also contribute to gum recession.

Periodontal disease can be caused by improper oral hygiene or a systemic disease, such as diabetes. Diabetics have excess sugars in the mouth and narrowed blood vessels that can allow oral bacteria to thrive and cause an infection. If left untreated, the infection can spread deeper into the gums and bone and eventually lead to tooth loss.

If your teenager’s gums are beginning to recede, it is important to identify the cause and to take action before the problem gets worse. If the problem is overly aggressive brushing, you should buy your child a softer toothbrush and tell him or her to brush more gently. If the problem is poor oral hygiene, take your child for a professional cleaning to remove debris and bacteria. If your child has severe tartar buildup, scaling and root planing may be necessary.

After the cause has been identified, your child may need further treatment for the gum recession. Gum tissue regeneration and gum grafting can restore tissue and improve the appearance of your child’s smile.

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