At South Jersey Family Dental, our pediatric dentist in Turnersville NJ recommends kids come in for regular exams so we can teach them how to have fresh, clean and healthy teeth. Gum disease in kids is usually brought on by cavities, plaque, bacteria and food trapped in between teeth that contribute to swollen, inflamed gums. Brushing and flossing can rid the mouth of bacteria causing plaque and tartar, so kids should learn how to brush and floss at a young age.
Prevention of gum disease as kids get older is key to having healthy teeth. Gum disease can cause tooth loss and other problems if not treated in time. Gum disease happens when the pockets between gums and teeth trap and harbor excessive bacteria. Over time, the bacteria eats away at the tooth and gum, causing them to decay. Cavities, holes in the teeth, are caused by buildup of food and debris that cause bacteria to form plaque and tartar, also resulting in tooth decay. Cavities can be treated using fillings, which are made from safe composite materials and which fill the holes created in the teeth. Cavities can be prevented by brushing and flossing daily and following a good oral health care regimen, which we our pediatric dentist in Turnersville NJ recommends teaching your child how to do as young as possible.
Children’s teeth are fragile and still developing, and they need to ensure that their oral health habits are on point so that their teeth stay healthy through their growing years. If your child has suffered a dental emergency, call our pediatric dentist in Turnersville NJ as soon as possible. Dental emergencies may include a loose or dislodged tooth, a tooth that is broken or a chipped tooth. All these conditions should be fixed right away before the tooth gets worse. For more information, call South Jersey Family Dental today.