It surprises many people to learn how common gingivitis and periodontal disease can be in younger adults and even adolescents. Gingivitis is a milder form of gum disease and usually serves as a warning that more serious problems may be on their way. If untreated, gingivitis can develop into full-blown periodontitis, which comes with some other health risks. Children and adolescents who suffer from type-1 diabetes or any other type of immune deficiencies are much more vulnerable to gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Below are the main types of gingivitis and gum disease most commonly seen in children or adolescents:
Periodontal disease changes the gum structure of the entire mouth. These changes weaken gum strength, allowing teeth to become loose or even to fall out of the mouth. The most important thing to do if you notice these changes in your child or adolescent is to set up an immediate appointment. The earlier they receive dental treatment, the better.
If you believe you or your child may be suffering from gum or periodontal disease, it’s important to be seen right away. To make an appointment at Severance Dental, please contact our Severance, Colorado dental office today.