In recent years, pediatric dentists have found that teen gum disease is becoming increasingly common. Once believed to be a disease that only affected adults, many teenagers are now receiving this diagnosis. This oral health disease may cause a multitude of embarrassing and potentially serious problems.
Examples include something as simple as bad breath to something as serious as extreme pain and loss of the teeth. Known as “periodontal disease”, teens may suffer from several different types of gum disease. These include chronic gingivitis, aggressive periodontitis, and even generalized aggressive periodontitis.
In this brief guide, you will learn important facts about teen gum disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection that detrimentally impacts the soft tissues that surround and offer a high level of support to the teeth. In adults, this is the most common cause of tooth loss. As more and more teenagers develop the condition, it is also becoming a major cause of tooth loss in teens.
In most instances, the disease is considered to be painless. In fact, most people that have gum disease do not even realize that they have it. This disease is caused by plaque on the teeth. Plaque is the bacteria film that consistently forms on the teeth.
The Warning Signs of Teen Gum Disease
There are many warning signs that gum disease may be developing, or has developed in the mouth of a teen. These include – but, are not at all limited to – the following:
- The gums may start to bleed. In most instances, the bleeding occurs while or immediately after brushing.
- The gums may become tender, swollen, and even red.
- The gums may seemingly start to pull away from the teeth.
- There may be a constant bad taste in the mouth.
- Bad breath may be consistently experienced.
- The permanent teeth may start to become loose or may start to separate, resulting in gaps.
- Changes may start to develop in the teeth that is noticed while biting.
Common Risk Factors
There are many common risk factors that may result in the development of teen gum disease. These include the following:
- If a teen has poor oral hygiene, they will likely develop gum disease.
- If a teenager elects to smoke or chew on tobacco, this will likely result in the development of gum disease.
- Genetics may account for some cases of gum diseases.
- Diabetes and similar health conditions could result in the development of gum disease and other oral health complications.
- Certain types of medications may cause oral gum disease.
If your teenager seems to be experiencing the warning signs that we have outlined in this guide, they may be suffering from gum disease.
This oral health problem must be diagnosed by a dentist. Richmond Family Pediatric Dentistry offers comprehensive examinations and treatments for gum disease. We are a family-oriented team that values each and every single tooth of each and every single patient that we see within our facility.