FAQ Gum Disease Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and the bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease causes gums to be red, swollen, and tender, and can cause the gums to recede from the teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to loose teeth and tooth loss.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay and Oral Health Although the responsibility for a child's oral health rests with the parents, child care providers play an important role in maintaining the oral health of children in child care settings. Knowing a few basic oral health guidelines can greatly help a child care provider's ability to do so.
GUM DISEASE IN CHILDREN Many people think of periodontal disease as an adult problem. However, studies indicate that gingivitis (the first stage of periodontal disease) is nearly a universal finding in children and adolescents. Advanced forms of periodontal disease are more rare in children than adults, but can occur.
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The Gum Disease Transmission Project It has been shown that children are more likely to have aggressive gum disease bacteria if their parents also harbor these type of bacteria such as Actinobacillus Actinomycetemcomitans and Porphyromonas gingivalis (references #1, #2 and #3).
Warning Signs of Gum Disease In Your Child Most of us think about periodontal disease as being a disease of adults and, in fact, it is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. But many school age children experience gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease. This is not just an adult problem, although it tends to become more advanced with age. That is because periodontal disease is a progressive condition that happens over time, not overnight. (look about half way down the page)