My Child Has Gingivitis—What Should I Do?

Childrens Exam from Her Pediatric Dentist O'Fallon ILGingivitis” is the clinical term for inflamed gums; it’s a very common condition. So common, in fact, that even kids can get it.

Are you worried that your child has gingivitis? The dental experts at Dream Dentist explain what you need to know about this common oral infection.

What Causes Gingivitis?

Gums become inflamed when they’re exposed to bacteria found in the dental plaque. Kids are highly prone to gingivitis, because they don’t always do a thorough job with brushing and flossing.

Your child may have gingivitis if they have:

  • Red and puffy gums
  • A lot of white or yellow soft film/plaque on their teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Chronic bad breath

How to Treat Your Child’s Gingivitis

The good news is that gingivitis is completely reversible with proper oral hygiene.

The first thing you should do is encourage better brushing and flossing. Explain to your child how important oral hygiene is. Make sure they take a solid two minutes to brush their teeth twice a day, paying particular attention to the gumlines.

Visit a dentist like Dr. Sarah Thompson to get personalized advice and recommendations for dental products that can help reverse gingivitis at home in as little as two weeks.

Preventative Dentistry in O’Fallon, IL for Your Whole Family

You can keep your kids’ gums healthy for life by taking them in for regular dental visits at Dream Dentist. Our team has extensive experience in treating our youngest patients with compassionate care. We provide gentle preventative dental cleanings that will help keep gingivitis away.

Is your child a very nervous dental patient? No worries there—we can provide safe and age-appropriate dental sedation to improve your little one’s experience.

Call us today to ask about our sedation and other preventative dental treatments for children!

Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O'Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699