Forever Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

Is the Health of My Child's Gums Important?

March 16, 2019
Posted By: Forever Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

While most people concentrate on brushing only their teeth, they should be looking a little bit lower. Gums are the most overlooked part of oral health. Gum health is essential for that long term, healthy feeling you get right after seeing the dentist. Below you’ll see how having your children’s gums clean and understanding good oral habits can help keep not only their mouths but their whole body in mint condition.

Let’s Keep You Childs Heart Thumping Strong

Gum disease is linked to heart problems like heart disease and even stroke.  Ongoing studies have shown that gum health is a strong indicator of your children’s heart health.  While the final verdict is still out as to what exactly causes this linkage, doctors have seen time and time again how gum disease and heart problems connect. Knock out an easy win by showing your children how to brush your gums well every day.

Keep Our Children Breathing Easy

Recent research shows that children with gum disease may have an increased risk of respiratory infections. These include Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or even bronchitis. This is caused by bacteria being inhaled into the lungs on a regular basis. Regular dental checkups can help keep our lungs free and clear of issues like this. If it’s been a while, Contact Us to schedule a deep cleaning for your child.

Support The Things That Keep Our Teeth In Place

Your children’s teeth may look sparkly and white but have you taken a look under neither recently? The gums are the support structure for your child’s teeth. Their gums actually surround and provide additional protection from bacteria. When bacteria attach to gum and builds from below, you can expect the tooth to be the next target on the list. As the gum line recedes, your kid’s teeth will find themselves in need themselves more susceptible to cavities.

What Can You Do To Guard Those Gums?

  • Brushing and Flossing – Two minutes a day for two minutes
  • Regular Dental Visits – See Dr. Leyla Abazari as recommended
  • Keep Up A Healthy Diet – Veggies, Cheese and Nuts are all great foods to keep your teeth and gums strong. Read more about this in our other local dental blog posts.
  • Mouthwash – Mouthwash is a great way to hit all the areas your toothbrush can reach
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