Gum Health Basics for Kids

Did you know that it is just as important to maintain your child’s teeth as it is your own teeth? Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems kids face. Kids with gum disease may not complain of discomfort. However, common symptoms of gum disease in kids include excess plaque, bad breath, as well as red, swollen, or bleeding gums.

Fortunately, there are simple ways to keep your child’s gums healthy and free from complications.

Keep Your Child’s Gums Clean

Keeping your baby’s gums clean helps to keep harmful bacteria at bay. It also helps to ease discomfort from teething. Moisten a piece of clean gauze and wrap it around your pointer finger. Next, rub the gauze gently along your baby’s gums at least once a day. If the child has started eating solids foods without teeth, consider repeating this procedure after every meal.

Avoid the Bedtime Baby Bottle

It’s not a good idea to put your baby to bed with a bottle. While a bottle can be greatly comforting to your child, but it is not healthy gums and developing teeth.

Namely, prolonged contact of sugar from breast milk, cow’s milk, or formula with your baby’s gums can result in infection and pain. You can think of any other bedtime routine that doesn’t involve a feeding bottle. If you must give your baby the bottle at bedtime, then fill it up with water. This is great for the overall health and has no detrimental effects on their oral health.

Start Brushing at the Appropriate Time

You should start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they begin to emerge. This is normally around six months. Gently clean each tooth, both the inside and outside surfaces. Don’t forget to brush the gum line. This should be done twice a day to ensure the teeth and gums remain clean after meals. You should brush the teeth on your own until the child has mastered the art of brushing.

These three tips will take you a long way into keeping your child’s gums clean, healthy, and free from infections.