Dental Hygiene and Periodontal HealthHere at Merrick Pediatric Dentistry, we work hard to prevent periodontal disease.

Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by all of the bacteria in the mouth forming plaque on the teeth. Without routine brushing and flossing, the plaque continues to build up, forming tartar.

People with periodontal disease can have red and swollen gums that bleed quite easily. It may be hard for them to eat because their teeth are so sensitive. They may be missing teeth. Some people with periodontal disease have very bad breath.

We diagnose periodontal disease by examining your child’s teeth. We also use a probe to look for any problem areas. X-rays are also necessary to diagnose the disease.

A good professional cleaning is necessary to remove the tartar from your child’s mouth and underneath the gums. If your child’s periodontal disease is bad, he or she may need to follow up brushing and flossing with antibacterial mouthrinse. Your child may even need to use an antibacterial gel or start on oral antibiotics to help get rid of the disease. Sometimes surgery is necessary to help with the deep pockets of infection.

Once your child’s periodontal disease is under control, good home care with brushing and flossing should help keep it from reoccurring.

If you are concerned that your child may have periodontal disease, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (516) 547-1997. We will get your child in for an examination as soon as possible.