You have probably heard other parents tell their children that sugar will “rot your teeth,” and you may have even told your own children this. But did you know that the same bad habits that promote tooth decay can attack your child’s gums and create serious periodontal issues?
Gum disease is an issue we as adults are often made aware of, but many parents are under the misconception that children are not at risk for gum disease and gingivitis. The truth is that gum disease is the second most common oral health issue children deal with, right behind cavities. But while a cavity affects only the tooth that hosts it, gum disease can not only weaken your child’s teeth but expose him or her to other dangerous systemic ailments.
Periodontal issues in children are often an overlooked topic, but Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro know that your child’s whole mouth health is important, not just his or her tooth health. To learn more, please read about how to prevent gum disease.
If you believe your child may be suffering from periodontal issues, please contact pediatric dentists Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro today, serving patients from Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, and Scottsdale, Arizona.