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Causes Of Your Child’s Bleeding Gums

Bleeding Gums of ChildIf your child is suffering from bleeding gums, there’s no need to worry. There can be a number of different causes for bleeding gums in childhood. While most are quite benign, there is a chance your child could be suffering from gum disease. This is why it’s important to know the signs and the root causes of your child’s bleeding gums.

Causes of Bleeding Gums

Below are some of the most common causes of bleeding gums in your kids and when you should bring your child to our office:

  • Medications – There are some medications that can cause the gum tissue to become sensitive and swollen, which will make them more vulnerable to bleeding. If your child has recently started taking any new medication, please be sure that you’re aware of any potential side effects.
  • New Toothbrush – Sometimes the firmer bristles on a newer toothbrush can cause bleeding of the gums. Make sure you only purchase toothbrushes with soft bristles for your child. Lastly, make sure you teach your child to be gentle when brushing his or her teeth. There’s no benefit to aggressive brushing and it may even damage tooth enamel and gum disease.
  • Rough Flossing – Aggressive or vigorous flossing can cause irritation and bleeding of the gum tissue. If your child is learning to brush on his or her own, please make sure that the flossing is gentle. If your child has just started flossing after a long time of forgetting, the bleeding should subside after about a week of the new routine.
  • Gum Disease – Lastly, there is a chance that bleeding gums can point to gum disease. The other signs of gum disease include red, swollen, or tender gum tissue or a buildup of plaque on the teeth or gums. The best way to help your child avoid gum disease is to practice a good oral hygiene routine and visit our office every 6 months for a dental cleaning and exam.

If your child’s bleeding gums last for over a week, or if the bleeding gums are accompanied by gum redness, tenderness, or swelling, it’s a good idea to bring him or her to our office for an evaluation. To make an appointment or if you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Balota Family Dentistry. Our office is located in Colorado Springs, CO.

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