Kids With Braces Are Susceptible to Gum Disease
Even though their lives are just beginning, adolescents and teenagers are nonetheless susceptible to gum disease. Gum disease is a serious infection that damages the soft tissue and, without treatment, can destroy the bone that supports your teeth. Kids who wear orthodontic appliances, such as metal braces and clear braces, are particularly vulnerable because of the oral hygiene challenges that the appliances pose.
At the office of Orthodontics, Inc., our top priority is to provide dental healthcare solutions that best suit your child’s needs. We want to make sure that he or she child can enjoy healthy, attractive and well-functioning permanent teeth that will last a lifetime. Our knowledgeable and caring professionals assure that your child’s oral health is in the best of hands.
These oral diseases can strike young people who wear orthodontics.
Chronic gingivitis. It makes gums swell, turn very red and bleed easily. Using a regular regime of brushing, flossing and certified dental care, chronic gingivitis is avoidable and treatable. If it isn’t treated, however, it can ultimately turn into a more intense type of periodontal disease.
Aggressive periodontitis. This disorder targets the first molars and incisors of teens and young adults. Aggressive periodontitis attacks and eats into the alveolar bone, which is the thick ridge of the jaw bone that holds tooth sockets.
Generalized aggressive periodontitis. It tends to start around puberty and is characterized by gum irritation, and a lot of plaque and calculus (calcified dental plaque). This kind of periodontitis can make teeth loose.
Consult with your orthodontist about the most effective ways your child should clean his or her teeth to prevent gum disease. It’s also wise for moms and dads to occasionally check their children’s mouths for bad breath, and gums that are bleeding, swollen, receding or overly red.
We at the office of Orthodontics, Inc. are committed to offering the highest quality of orthodontic care. Our professionals will examine all aspects of the alignment of your child’s teeth and discuss with you every treatment option. Properly aligned teeth do wonders for anyone’s smile and oral health. For more information about our many services, please contact us today.