Preventing a Gum Abscess in Children
Regular brushing and flossing can help keep a painful gum abscess away. Children's teeth should be brushed twice a day (morning and night), starting as soon as their first tooth erupts. Parents should help children clean between their teeth with dental floss once a day when their tooth surfaces begin to touch each other.
While young children may be eager to clean their teeth independently, they may not be able to brush by themselves until they're six to eight years old. If your child is old enough to start brushing alone, inspect their teeth afterward to ensure they're not missing any areas.
Regular visits to a dentist will also help keep your child's gums and teeth healthy. Your child can have their first dental visit when they get their first tooth. After that, children should get dental checkups every six months.
A gum abscess can be painful for both children and adults. If your child shows signs of discomfort around their gums, don't delay taking them to the dentist. It could be a gum abscess that requires treatment from your family dentist.