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Can children be at risk for developing periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is rarely found in children and only sometimes found in adolescents. However, children should still learn the importance of keeping their teeth and gums healthy to prevent periodontal disease in the future. Children should brush their teeth twice a day and learn how to floss properly- if children learn how to floss at an early age, they will be more likely to make it a lifetime habit.

These two simple acts will help protect their teeth and gums from periodontal disease.

As a parent, you should also be aware of the warning signs of periodontal disease, which include red, swollen, bleeding gums or bad breath that won’t go away. If your child develops any of these symptoms, tell your dental professional right away. It’s also a good idea to ensure your dental professional knows your complete family history, as genetics can play an important role in the early development of periodontal disease.

Having a dental emergency?  Or worried it could be one?  The Havrilla Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants, practicing in Delaware County since 1986, is here for you seven days a week.  Don’t hesitate to call us with your questions, comments or concerns.  During these uncertain times, you can count on us to answer your call and ease your stress.  We are in this together.   Call our Broomall, PA office now:  610.328.9608