Receding Gums in Children: Understanding Oral Hygiene
I found something shocking but real; a young teen facing receding gum problems. Check out what Lindz had to say about here gum problems.
Question by Lindz:
Does anyone know how to stop receding gums?
I am 13 and I brush my teeth EVERYDAY, TWICE a day. Please Help!!! I have no idea what is wrong. I noticed up close in the mirror today — after brushing my teeth — my gums below my side molars are receding! I am done losing teeth, so that couldn’t be the case.
Could it be from tongue kissing?
Just a thought. I don’t know how the two would relate, but I’m short for answers. Please Help!!!!!!! I don’t wanna be toothless by the time I’m 14!
This is scary stuff. It’s hard to imagine dealing receding gums in children. Especially, knowing the severity behind gum disease, and what it can do to your teeth. But do remember, it’s not uncommon kids and teens of all ages.
Lindz… every case of gum disease is different, so to be totally safe visit your local dentist.
Now, if I had to take a wild guest I’d probably say your toothbrush is too hard, you’re drinking too many sodas, and eating way too much candy. You should definitely invest in a good anti-bacterial mouthwash and look into increasing your vitamin-C intake.
Also, brush your teeth twice a day in a circular motion. This will help remove the tartar along the gum line that causes gum disease. Furthermore, parents should make sure the toothpaste is loaded with fluoride, and stress the importance of flossing.
Here is a really cool video for kids about how to brush your teeth, and the importance of having a good oral hygiene. If your kid is fighting gum disease or receding gums, then let them watch the video with you.