Bleeding Gums In Children And When to Seek Pediatric Dentistry

Bleeding gums are a common ailment for children. Sometimes, the problem clears up on its own, other times it requires attention. It is important to know the reason for bleeding gums to make changes as soon as possible and to seek pediatric dentistry in Newmarket when necessary.

 

Hard Toothbrush

If gums start bleeding some after you give your child a new toothbrush, the brush is the likely culprit. Toothbrushes come with hard, medium, and soft bristles — you can find out which they have by looking on the package. Always choose soft bristles for your children and monitor how they brush their teeth to make sure they are not pressing too hard on their gums.

 

Flossing

It is normal for gums to bleed for about a week after your child first starts flossing, as gums will be sensitive to the new routine. If bleeding persists, bring your child to the dentist for a checkup.

 

Medications

Another possibility is that gums are bleeding due to a new medication. Some types of medicine impact the gums, turning them more sensitive and making them inflamed. Talk to your dentist about this possibility and tell your child to brush more carefully.

 

Gum Disease

If none of the above apply, it is possible that your child is suffering from gum disease. Look for other signs, including red, swollen, and tender gums. As gum disease tends to be a result of poor oral care, make sure your child is brushing twice a day for at least two minutes.

When you suspect gum disease, you should take your child to a pediatric dentist for diagnosis. Treatment will be begin with a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar that has accumulated on teeth. Your dentist will also provide you with further recommendations on how to stop the disease from becoming active.

Cavities And Holiday Snacking

Cavities do not occur quickly, they take time to develop. A week or two of over indulgence due to festivities will not cause cavities by itself (although they can have an immediate effect on the waistline!). Cavities develop over time and can take over a year to develop to the point of needing treatment. Cavities are caused by bacteria that live in your mouth, they eat the sugar and produce a product of acid (bacteria poop!). It is the acid that the bacteria produce that causes a hole to form in your tooth. Bacteria will break down all foods that are left on the teeth but their favourite food is sugar. That is why good brushing and flossing is important, it keeps the teeth and gums clean and reduces the amount of food these bacteria have to form cavities (also helps with bad breath!).

So, if you are going to overindulge on the holidays, it would make good sense to spend a little more time brushing and flossing. Also, remember that cavities do not usually give you pain until they are very large at which point they can often require a root canal! Nobody wants that for Christmas! So, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year and make a resolution to visit your dentist next year on a regular basis!! We are always accepting new patients, so give us a call in the New Year!