Why Does My Child Have Swollen Gums?

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Keeping children healthy can feel like a lot of work. It's often hard for parents to figure out how to diagnose and treat kids' ailments. Is it worth a trip to the doctor? Should I keep them home from school or daycare? While we don’t claim to be experts in every single malady that can affect a child, we know quite a lot about pediatric dental care. Parents have asked us about children with swollen gums. Here are some reasons why your child may have swollen gums and what you can do about it.

Causes of Swollen Gums in Children

One of the most common causes of swollen gums in kids is because they’re teething. When their first teeth are making their way through the gums, it can naturally lead to gums that look inflamed. If your child isn’t teething, another reason they may have swollen gums is because of gum disease. Yes, even children can be affected by gum disease! Other symptoms of gum disease include persistent bad breath and gums that bleed during brushing or flossing.

Treatment Options for Swollen Gums

The right treatment option will depend on what is causing your child’s swollen gums. If the issue is teething, you can use a cold teething ring to soothe the gums or an over-the-counter pain/anti-inflammatory medication tailored for kids. If the issue is gum disease, you should make an appointment with Helotes Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. Our pediatric dentist will be able to provide the necessary treatment to get your child's oral health back on track.

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Visiting the dentist twice a year can help prevent gum disease. Besides an exam and thorough cleaning, our team can give your child encouragement and training to help them improve their oral hygiene routine at home. If your child has swollen gums and you think they might have gum disease, it's best to start a treatment plan as soon as possible. Schedule an appointment at Helotes Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics by giving us a call or clicking the contact link. Our experienced team is here to support you as you strive to keep your child healthy.

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