Pedodontics For Children Specialist

Rockwell Dentistry

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Middletown, NJ & Hamilton Township, NJ

Chronic gingivitis, a gum disease, is rather common in children when they don’t have good oral hygiene habits. At Rockwell Dentistry in Middletown and Hamilton, New Jersey, the caring dental team specializes in treating gum diseases, also known as periodontics, for children. They make it their mission to help children develop good brushing and flossing habits so they can have a healthy smile for their whole lives. If you’re concerned about your child’s gums, the team at Rockwell Dentistry can help. For comprehensive periodontics for children, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Pedodontics for Children Q & A

What is periodontics for children?

The field of periodontics focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal diseases, or diseases of the gums. Since gum disease is prevalent among children, dentists who specialize in periodontics treat your children’s teeth while helping them learn better brushing and flossing habits. Sometimes gum disease is the result of other health conditions, too, not just poor oral hygiene.

Periodontics for children addresses the following concerns:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Tooth loss from decay or disease

If you notice any of these signs in your children’s mouth, it’s important to get them treated before periodontal disease gets worse and causes additional dental and health complications. A dentist skilled in periodontics for children, like those at Rockwell Dentistry, can also perform any necessary tooth extractions or place dental implants.

What causes periodontal disease in children?

Bacteria and plaque buildup on teeth are usually the underlying causes of childhood periodontal diseases, but other factors that may make symptoms advance also include:

  • Genetics
  • Poor diet
  • Autoimmune or systemic diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Bruxism
  • Certain medications
  • Hormonal changes during puberty

It may be a combination of factors, including poor oral hygiene, that contribute to your child’s tooth decay and gum problems. If chronic gingivitis is left untreated, it often becomes advanced periodontal disease and may lead to bone loss in your child’s jaw.

How is periodontal disease in children treated?

Gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease, is highly treatable with improved brushing, flossing, and regular professional dental cleanings. Your dentist also discusses good oral hygiene habits with you and your child so you can improve dental care at home. If your child has a more advanced stage of periodontal disease, your dentist may recommend treatments such as:

  • Deep cleaning or root planing to remove plaque buildup on the teeth and gumline
  • Antibacterial medication taken orally or topically on affected gums
  • Surgery to clean and rejuvenate diseased gum tissue

The dental team reserves surgery for more advanced stages of periodontal disease, and cases where other more conservative treatments are ineffective.

Nip periodontal disease in the bud by treating them early. Call the expert team at Rockwell Dentistry or book an appointment online today for state-of-the-art children's periodontics in a friendly, caring atmosphere.