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You’ve probably heard of gum disease and you’ve probably heard that brushing and flossing can help you avoid it. However, did you know that there are a few things you may have heard about gum disease that aren’t true? For instance, did you know that your child is as vulnerable to gum disease as you are?

As you may already know, there are several things you should do if you’re interested in avoiding issues caused by gum disease, such as brushing, flossing, and visiting our dentist regularly. These steps are useful for adults and for children. Still, you probably know that convincing your children to brush can be difficult sometimes. Still, while you should brush your child’s teeth—and monitor them once they start to brush on their own—you should also search your child’s teeth for some of the more common signs of gum disease, including bleeding or sensitive gums.

Unfortunately, if your child has gum disease that isn’t addressed quickly enough, they could ultimately experience a number of serious issues. For example, if gum disease is left untreated, gums could actually pull away from their teeth. This may ultimately lead to sensitivity because it will expose roots. Gum disease may also lead to premature tooth loss since gum disease can affect your alveolar bone, which supports your teeth.

Fortunately, there are certain steps you can take to help you treat gum disease, though visiting your dentist is an important step. If you’d like to learn more about what you could do or what we might be able to do to help you stay healthy and strong, please feel free to give Derek M. Lichter, DDS, Inc. a call at 619.591.8945. Dr. Derek M. Lichter and the rest of our team are excited to receive your call.