Preventing Childhood Periodontal Disease
Consider these tips:

*When your child is 12 months old, you can begin using toothpaste when brushing his or her teeth. It is important to start flossing when the gaps between your child’s teeth close.

*Serve as a good role model by practicing good dental hygiene habits yourself.

*Schedule regular dental visits for family checkups, comprehensive periodontal evaluations, and bi-annual cleanings.

*Check your child’s mouth for signs of periodontal disease. Symptoms include bleeding gums, swollen and bright red gums, gums that are receding from the teeth and bad breath.

*Early diagnosis ensures the greatest chance for successful treatment in people of all ages. Children should receive a periodontal examination as part of their routine dental visits.

*Hormonal changes in teenagers can put them at risk for periodontal disease. During puberty, an increased level of hormones can cause a surge in blood circulation to the gums. During this time, the gums may become swollen, turn red and feel tender.