Can Children and Teens Get Gum Disease?

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Parents who make their children’s health a priority may make sure their kids get regular well checks, eat healthy and participate in daily physical exercise; but how are their gums? It’s not enough to make sure your kids don’t have cavities because kids at any age can also have some form of gum disease. Gum disease creeps in unnoticed and slowly attacks your gums, teeth and finally jawbone.

One of the main causes of gum disease in children is poor oral hygiene, especially for kids who eat a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugary foods. The sugars found in these types of foods provide fuel for the bacteria that already resides in the mouth and starts an infection in the periodontal tissue.


The types of gum disease found in children include:

  • Gingivitis: Whether mild or advanced, gingivitis begins with red, puffy gums that bleed easily and is easily treated with brushing, flossing and regular professional dental cleanings.
  • Aggressive Periodontitis: Aggressive periodontitis affects teens and young adults who may have otherwise excellent dental health. It appears as a significant loss of alveolar bone around the first molars and incisors in patients who have a relatively small amount of tartar or calculus.
  • Generalized Aggressive Periodontitis: Unlike aggressive periodontitis, generalized aggressive periodontitis can first appear around puberty and includes the heavy presences of tartar and calculus on the teeth throughout the entire mouth. Left untreated, it will eventually cause the child’s teeth to become loose.


If you notice any of these signs of gum disease in your child, schedule an oral health evaluation with one of the board-certified periodontists at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants.

  • Gums that bleed while brushing or flossing
  • Puffy gums
  • Swollen, bright red gums
  • Teeth that appear longer because the gums have receded
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Chronic bad breath that doesn’t improve after brushing and flossing


Our Henderson and Summerlin locations welcome patients of all ages. Don’t neglect your child’s oral health; schedule an appointment today.