Does your 2-year old have swollen gums and bad breath? If so, they may have gum disease, which is a serious bacterial infection that destroys the gums and the tissues that surround the mouth. It is caused by the buildup of plaque bacteria that sticks to the teeth. If the plaque is not removed, it hardens and leads to oral health issues.

There are a number of reasons your toddler may be at risk for gum disease. These reasons may include genetics, poor diet, diabetes, and certain medications. While some toddlers may have a mild case of gum disease, it may hit others more seriously.

Other than swollen gums and bad breath, other signs of gum disease include bleeding while brushing and flossing, loose teeth, pus between the teeth and gums, and a change in bite and jaw alignment.

Your child’s general health and the severity of their gum disease will determine treatment. In most cases, regular cleanings by a pediatric dentist and excellent oral hygiene at home can help. If your child’s gum disease is more severe, a deep cleansing procedure called scaling and root planning may be performed to remove plaque and tartar under their gums and infected tissues. Medication and/or surgery may be needed in more serious cases.

Contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

If you’re concerned about your 2-year old’s swollen gums and bad breath, call our Ashburn, Virginia office at 703-348-2813 today. We’ll determine whether gum disease or another condition is the issue and design a custom treatment plan.