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Treating Children with Periodontal Disease

By pamelali, in News, on March 15, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON- Periodontal, or gum, disease is something most people associate with adults, but, in fact, it can strike during childhood or adolescence, notes Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa dentist.

Gingivitis is a fairly common form of gum disease in children and is fairly easy to treat.  Sometimes in adults gingivitis precedes periodontitis, a more serious kind of gum disease, which is why it’s important to recognize and treat gingivitis early.

“Periodontitis is fairly rare in otherwise healthy children,” says Ottawa dental implants provider Dr. Li. “But it’s much harder to treat than gingivitis.”

Second-hand smoke is an important risk factor for gingival disease, notes the Ottawa cosmetic dentist.  A study recently released in the 2010 Journal of Clinical Dentistry examined 51 children in Turkey whose parents were smokers. They found higher levels of gingival disease and gum attachment loss among those children – as compared to a control group of 58 children whose parents did not smoke. Periodontal disease is known to be a risk factor for adults who smoke.

Asthma is a common chronic disease and the prevalence of asthma in children has been increasing steadily.  In a recent study released in the 2010 International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 64 children with asthma and 50 children without asthma were evaluated.  The group with asthma was at greater risk for dental decay and gingivitis than the group of children without asthma.  The possible reasons stated were that the asthmatic children frequently breathe through their mouths and that some of the medications taken for asthma decrease salivary flow.

In her Ottawa dental clinic, Dr. Li carefully examines every pediatric patient for signs of gingivitis or more serious problems.

“While it’s common to see signs of early gum problems, parents don’t need to panic,” the Ottawa Invisalign provider notes. “When you catch it early, gingivitis is easy to treat and completely reversible. However, studies have shown that a comprehensive oral care regimen – including regular visits to the dentist – is essential to stay on top of the disease and prevent it from turning into something more serious.”

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