A child’s smile is one of the most beautiful sights in the world. Healthy smiles start with healthy kids and healthy gums. An important key to a child’s oral health starts with the basics – daily brushing and flossing. At Springs Pediatric Dental Care, Dr. Clinton Callahan and his staff take pride in serving Colorado Springs families, and they are trained in the latest techniques that help children and teenagers develop the habits now that can help them avoid gum disease and maintain healthy gums and teeth for years to come.
It is no surprise that most of us do not think about a child or teen fighting gum disease, but we want to equip kids and parents with the facts. During your child’s visit, Dr. Callahan and our team of professionals will explain and demonstrate how kids should properly brush and floss their teeth each day to avoid gum disease. These preventative steps can produce better overall oral health and help your child develop healthy habits that can last for a lifetime.
From Plaque to Disease
Gum disease is a common condition, and many people experience it. The condition begins with a build-up of plaque, which is a filmy substance left behind by foods that are starchy or contain sugar. Plaque clings to the teeth, and the bacteria in plaque that collects on teeth and gums can cause damage over time. Plaque can be removed by thorough daily brushing and flossing, so it is especially important to remind children and teens to brush their teeth twice every day. When plaque collects on the base of your teeth, it can turn into tartar – a hardened coating of plaque. Brushing will not remove tartar; it must be removed by a dental professional. Plaque can also cause gingivitis.
Take note if you notice your child has any of these common symptoms of gum disease:
- Swollen or bloated gums
- Reddish or purple-ish colored gums
- Bleeding gums
- Gums that pull back or recede, making teeth look longer
- Noticeable new gaps between teeth
- Ongoing bad breath
- It hurts to chew
- Teeth become loose
- Changes in the bite (teeth do not align well anymore)
It is important to schedule regular checkups with Dr. Callahan, especially if you think your child might have signs of gum disease. He can evaluate the health of your child’s gums and recommended the right steps for treatment. The good news is, the effects of gum disease can be treated and potentially reversed with proper dental cleanings and consistent oral hygiene at home.
As children and teenagers grow, we understand that their dental needs change. Dr. Callahan and the team at Springs Pediatric Dental Care know exactly what young patients need to cultivate the right habits and ensure their oral health stays on the right track. We take special care to put patients at ease. Parents, we want you to be involved and informed at each step in the process, so you and your child know exactly what to expect.
Contact us or call 719-265-9600 today and plan your child’s next visit. We want to make your next appointment a pleasant experience, and we welcome you to visit our office located at 13335 Voyager Parkway, Suite 100, in Colorado Springs, CO. 80921. Every day we serve our community by providing caring, professional children’s dentistry. We want patients and parents alike to enjoy their visit to our office, and we look forward to welcoming you at your next appointment.