What Causes Bleeding Gums in Children?

Pediatric Dentistry for Avon, Connecticut

As a parent it's only natural to panic when you see blood, especially when it is coming out of your toddler's mouth. Your first reaction is to think your child fell or was hit with something. But if in your investigation you discover no accident occurred, you may have to accept that your child has a gum disease.

Bleeding gums are often the result of inadequate plaque removal from the teeth at the gum line. This usually results in inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). But consistent gum bleeding may indicate a more serious medical condition, such as leukemia and the coagulation abnormalities associated with this disease. When the gum line experiences inflammation it can lead to more advanced forms of gum and jawbone diseases known as periodontitis.

Other common causes of bleeding gums include vitamin deficiencies and medications, especially blood thinners that have a tendency to have bleeding gums as a side effect.

Most pediatric dentists recommend a visit to the dentist if the condition is combined with other symptoms including severe bleeding, difficulty breathing or swallowing or a temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Symptoms you may notice with bleeding gums include:

  • Gum tenderness
  • Mouth sores or ulcers
  • Receding gums
  • Swollen gums

Bleeding gums may also result from:

  • Brushing too hard
  • Vitamin K deficiency
  • Ill-fitting dentures
  • Bleeding disorders such as hemophilia

If your child is experiencing consistent bleeding of the gums, schedule an appointment with CT Pediatric Dentistry today.

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15 Dec 2018 02:22 PM