Gum Disease in Children

Gum disease is the inflammation and infection of the gums and the tissue. Generally caused by bacterial plaque, it is the major cause of adult tooth loss. Left untreated, bacterial plaque will harden to tartar. Tartar is a rough, porous mineral buildup that is usually yellow or brown in color. Tartar forms at and underneath the gum line, and because it is porous, it absorbs stains. Tartar excretes the toxins that cause gum inflammation, resulting in the development of periodontal pockets that hold even more toxins and bacteria. This condition can leads to the loosening of the teeth, or even the teeth falling out. And as the condition worsens, the accumulated toxins and bacteria move deeper into the jaw to destroy the bone that holds the tooth in place.

Signs of gum disease can include:

  • Red, inflamed gums
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Receding gums
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Presence of pus between the gum and tooth
  • Chronic halitosis

Periodontics is the focus in the treatment of gum disease. Gum disease is reversible if caught while in the early stages. The dentist will scale the tooth to remove plaque and calculus, and plane the tooth roots to smooth them. The dentist may prescribe antibiotics to clear up any infection or inflammation. Advanced cases may require the dentist to surgically trim the gums, remove the hardened plaque build-up, and re-contour the damaged bone.

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Shop 118, 8 Quay Street
Haymarket NSW 2000
P. 02 9281 0007
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Kogarah NSW 2217
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Shop 6.1B, 11 Bay Drive
Meadowbank, NSW 2114
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Our dentists at Meadowbank Practice in Ryde provide dental care to Melrose Park, Rhodes, Putney, West Ryde, Marsfield, Epping, Ermington, Concord West, North Strathfield, Gladesville, Top Ryde, Wentworth Point, Denistone and the surrounding area. At Haymarket Practice in Central Sydney CBD provide dental care to Ultimo, Pyrmont, Town Hall, Wynyard, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Redfern, Alexandria, Glebe, Forest Lodge, Camperdown, Paddington, Double Bay, Vaucluse and the surrounding area and at Kogarah Practice in St George provide dental care to Bexley, Rockdale, Banksia, Brighton-Le-Sands, Monterey, Ramsgate, Sans Souci, Dolls Point, Carss Park, Blakehurst, Allawah, Hurstville, Penshurst and the surrounding area. Additional Languages Spoken by our dentists: Nepali, Indian / Hindi, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Vietnamese.

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