Can children get periodontal disease?
Although periodontal disease is often thought of as an adult disease, children can in fact develop gum disease. It's actually far more common than most people realize, and can damage a child's dental development. This is due to a number of factors. First, children often don't do a very good job of practicing good dental hygiene. Plaque can easily build up beneath the gum line, causing the gums to become irritated and pull back from the teeth, creating pockets that are easily infected. Second, because so many don't think of periodontal disease as a children's condition, it can go unnoticed for a long time. By the time the problem is realized, it may have done serious damage.
Make and keep regular appointments with your family dentist or pediatric dentist. If your dentist suspects periodontal disease, it is wise to have an evaluation by a periodontal specialist like the doctors at South Shore Long Island Periodontics & Implantology. Our office has experience treating young patients and knows how to make dental appointments comfortable and relaxing for children.