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Do Kids Really Need To Floss Their Teeth? Yes! Toddlers & Children Can Get Bad Breath, Cavities & More

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When you look in your child’s mouth, you might notice there are spaces between lots of the teeth. When young mouths are still in the process of their teeth emerging, there will be space where the teeth should be. The other reason there is space is because adult teeth are larger than baby teeth and there needs to be space to accommodate adult teeth when the time comes. The amount of space between the teeth is not a reason to stop flossing. When you are brushing your child’s teeth only about a third of their mouth is being treated which is why your oral hygiene involves more than just tooth brushing. If you decide that you don’t need to have your child floss their teeth you should know the ramifications.

Smile Reef List Negative Consequences of Not Flossing Teeth

Bad Breath: When someone has bad breath it can be from many different causes. When it is a child, the list of possible reasons is a bit shorter. They are not smoking or taking medications that are usually associated with some form of halitosis. When a child has consistent bad breath it is often from food debris that is stuck between the teeth and near the gum line. When the food starts to build up it will emit sulfur that comes out in the form of halitosis. The only way to get in between the teeth in your mouth is to use floss.
Children Can Have Gum Disease: Your gums health is determined by several factors. The first is that they need to be massaged when you brush the teeth. This will help bring the blood flow to the top and cause them to be healthy. The other areas of the gums are in between the teeth and need to be addressed when you floss. When you stop brushing and especially flossing you will start to see blood when you finally do floss and brush. When you notice that your child’s gums are bleeding, it can be an early warning sign of gum disease. You can easily prevent gum disease when you floss and brush regularly.
Cavities: You may notice that there are gaps between most of your child’s teeth which is very common but that is not forever. The majority of the molars in a child’s mouth are touching and the food that gets stuck there will lead to decay in the form of a cavity. These cavities can cause pain and discomfort and if left untreated can lead to an abscess. The best way to prevent cavities is to start young and early with flossing each time the child brushes their teeth.

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If you want to be sure that your child is taking care of their teeth it is best to start young. When they are under five years old having an adult brush and floss as a follow up is a great way to ensure that it is done correctly. And having yearly exams with a pediatric dentist like Smile Reef is also key to catching problems early. Contact us to schedule your next appointment today!

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Why Are My Toddlers Gums Swollen & Bleeding While Brushing? Periodontal Disease in Children, Hard Toothbrush & More

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Have you ever noticed that your toddler’s gums were bleeding? Your first reaction is probably to assume they have been physically hurt. But maybe they come to you in a panic about blood on their toothbrush or when biting an apple. There are several reasons that a child can have bleeding gums beside trauma, and not all of them are good. Some of the reasons will require an appointment with your pediatric dentist to do a routine exam and treatment. Make sure that if you have any concern about your child’s oral health you talk to your pediatric dentist as soon as possible. Bad oral hygiene as a child can lead to bad oral hygiene as an adult too.

Smile Reef List Reasons Your Child Could Have Bleeding Gums

Periodontal Disease in Children: The reason that a child can have bleeding gums can be due to gum disease. This is an issue that must be addressed by a pediatric dentist as soon as possible to find a treatment that can reverse the effects. If you notice that your child has swollen or red gums that tend to bleed when they are bumped they could have gum disease. The reason is due to lack of correct oral hygiene or buildup of plaque on their teeth. These are both major causes of gum disease and need to be addressed as soon as possible.
Toothbrush with Hard Bristles: If your child is using a new toothbrush and the bristles are hard, it could be causing the gums to bleed. When you go to purchase a new toothbrush, you want to look at the bristle strength that usually is soft, medium or hard. When it is a young child you want to purchase soft bristles since children are sometimes too rough when brushing. The hard bristles can be too much and could cause their sensitive gums to bleed. The soft bristles will clean just as well as the harder ones. Be sure that you get your child a new toothbrush at least once every six months and more often if necessary.
Starting Flossing: When you child is very small and still getting some of their baby teeth in they probably do not floss on a regular basis. When all their teeth or many of their teeth are in you probably start them flossing. When they floss the impact of the floss can jar the gums and cause them to bleed. Gums can be sensitive to flossing until you get used to it. The best thing to do is to continue a good flossing routine and the bleeding will lessen and eventually stop.
Taking Medication: If you have a child that is taking good care of their teeth, brushing and flossing appropriately without any bleeding gums and then all of a sudden their gums are bleeding; there may be another reason. If you have just starting giving your child a new medication, the side effects could be swollen gums. If that is the case the gums could be over sensitive and that could be the culprit. Once the medication is done the bleeding should stop.

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