Have you noticed that your toddler has bleeding gums and bad breath? If so, your child may have gum disease. Gum disease arises when plaque spreads below the gum line and leads to gum irritation. Left untreated, it can cause tooth and bone loss. In most cases, gum disease is the result of poor oral hygiene. However, it can also occur because of diabetes, a poor diet, genetics, and certain medications.

When gum disease arises, it causes the gums to become red, swollen, and bleed easily. If you do not make sure your toddler’s plaque is removed daily, toxins that can irritate the gum tissue and cause the gums to swell and bleed can occur. Bad breath and gums that recede away from the teeth may both occur because of gum disease.

Fortunately, gum disease can be prevented. Make sure you help your toddler brush their teeth twice a day. Also, take your child to the dentist every six months or so for a dental cleaning and exam so they can learn how to care for their teeth on their own as they get older and any problems can be discovered early. Lastly, check your child’s mouth frequently to look for signs of gum disease such a red and swollen gums, gums that recede away from the teeth, and bad breath.

Schedule an Appointment at Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

If your toddler is showing signs of bleeding gums and breath, we encourage to to schedule an appointment at our Ashburn, Virginia office by calling 703-348-2813.