Adolescence & Oral Care
There is evidence that demonstrates how periodontal disease may increase during adolescence due to lack of motivation to practice oral hygiene. Children who maintain good oral health habits up until the teen years are more likely to continue brushing and flossing than children who were not taught proper oral care. Read our advice for parents in the next section.
Early diagnosis is important for successful treatment of periodontal diseases. Therefore, it is important that children receive a periodontal examination as part of their routine dental visits.
Be aware that if your child has an advanced form of periodontal disease, this may be an early sign of systemic disease.
A general medical evaluation should be considered for children who exhibit severe periodontitis, especially if it appears resistant to therapy.
Establish Good Oral Habits Early
An important step in the fight against periodontal disease is to establish good oral health habits with your child. Establish good oral health habits early.
When your child is 12 months old, you can begin using toothpaste when brushing his or her teeth. However, only use a pea-sized portion on the brush and press it into the bristles so your child won’t eat it.
And, when the gaps between your child’s teeth close, it’s important to start flossing.
Check Your Child’s Mouth
Check your child’s mouth for the signs of periodontal disease, including bleeding gums, swollen and bright red gums, gums that are receding away from the teeth, and bad breath.
If your child currently has poor oral health habits, work with your child to change these now.
Since your child models behavior after you, it follows that you should serve as a positive role model in your oral hygiene habits.
Schedule Regular Checkups
Create good dental habits in the home for your child while they are young so they can get a head start for their next visit.
When you combine good dental habits at home with regular appointments you can keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong.
Schedule frequent pediatric dentistry visits for family checkups, periodontal evaluations, and cleanings. Be a positive role model to your child with good oral health habits.