Have you noticed that your child’s gums swell after they’ve finished flossing? If so, they are probably flossing incorrectly. Flossing can help your child remove particles between their teeth so that they can avoid plaque and tartar build-up. It is important that they floss on a daily basis as plaque and tartar build-up may lead to inflamed gums and gum disease.

Here at Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we have noticed that many children tend to floss harder than they should and experience swollen gums as a result. Encourage your child to be gentle while they are flossing their teeth. They should carefully slide the floss between their teeth instead of forcing it down and damaging their gums.

If you believe your child has swollen gums, it’s a good idea to bring them into our office so we can examine them and determine whether they have gum disease or another oral issue. We can also demonstrate proper flossing techniques. We’ve found that many children are visual learners so once we show them how to brush properly once, they’ll be able to mimic the technique on their own at home. Richmond, VA Dentist, River Run Dental, encourage patients to ask questions so they can address any concerns at home.

In addition to flossing gently, your child should brush gently as vigorous brushing may damage the tissue surrounding their teeth and cause inflammation to their gums. We suggest they use a soft bristled toothbrush and use a gentle back and forth motion.

Schedule an Appointment at Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

If you’re concerned about your child’s swollen gums, call our Ashburn, VA office at 703-348-2813 to schedule an appointment.