Treatment and Prevention
This isn't rocket science, parents. It's dental care. And the best way to treat and prevent gum disease is quite simple — good oral care. That includes:
- Brushing with an appropriately sized toothbrush twice a day
- Using fluoride toothpaste when brushing
- Flossing and mouthwash daily
- Eating healthier foods that are low in sugar and starch
- Seeing the dentist twice a year for their regular checkups
If they already have a gum disease that's progressed, it's possible, though unlikely, that antibiotics or surgery is necessary. Thus, it's all the more important to start an oral care routine with your child as early as possible, from baby to teenager. Practice will perfect the process.
While your child may sneak a candy bar or soda or miss brushing here and there — sticking to their oral hygiene routine is imperative. It protects against cavities, minor gum disease, or even worse. Start it when they're a baby. Have them get more involved as a toddler. Then put the responsibility on them while you monitor them morning and night. It will be worth it as they avoid gum disease and flash a healthy and happy smile. After they spit out that gum, of course.