If you have a toddler and you’ve noticed that their gums look swollen or tender, you may be wondering what it means. Should you be worried about their oral health? Is it normal for kids to have swollen gums? Do you need to see the dentist? Get answers to all of your questions about toddlers and swollen gums in this post from Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry.
What Are The Most Common Causes Of Swollen Gums?
First, let’s discuss why your child’s gums may be swollen. There are a few reasons that toddlers may develop swollen, tender, and inflamed gums.
- Teething – The most common cause of swollen gums is teething. Gum inflammation, swelling, and tenderness is a natural part of the teething process. If your child’s gums are only swollen near their teeth, or near areas of their mouth where teeth are erupting, this is likely the cause of the issue.
While your child is teething, simply make sure that you follow proper oral hygiene steps to keep their mouth healthy. Brush their teeth and gums at least twice per day to remove plaque, and keep their teeth strong.
- Buildup of oral bacteria due to poor hygiene – If you are not brushing your child’s teeth properly, bacteria in the mouth can begin to irritate the gums, causing swelling.
Make sure to follow your dentist’s instructions for pediatric dental care. Brush your child’s teeth twice per day with a fluoridated toothpaste, and clean both their teeth and gums. You should also avoid feeding toddlers after their teeth have been brushed, avoid putting them to bed with a bottle, and maintain a diet low in sugary foods and beverages.
- Gingivitis – This is the first stage of gum disease, caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar between the teeth and gums. While it is extremely rare in toddlers, it can occur if you do not care for your child’s teeth properly.
At Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry, we can provide your toddler with the care they need to treat gingivitis and restore their oral health.
Should I Take My Child To The Dentist?
If you’re worried about their oral health, then yes. If your toddler has never seen the dentist before, this is a good time to start. In fact, the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) recommends that kids should start seeing the dentist for preventive care as soon as their first tooth comes out, or when they turn one year old; whichever comes first!
At your appointment at Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Jason Brock can examine your child’s mouth, determine the cause of their inflamed or swollen gums, and provide you with all of the information you need to care for your child’s smile.
Schedule A Visit With Dr. Jason Brock At Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry Today!
As an experienced pediatric dentist, Dr. Brock can help you learn more about your child’s oral health, and determine the cause of your toddler’s swollen gums. So don’t wait. Whether you’re in Houston, Clear Lake, Webster, or League City, you can give us a call at (281) 461-7470, or contact us online for an appointment.