If your child has ever come to you with bleeding gums, you know how scary that can be! But before you panic, keep in mind that there are a number of things that can be the culprit. Here are some common causes of bleeding gums in kids:
New Toothbrush: A new toothbrush with firm bristles that haven’t been broken in can sometimes cause your kid’s gums to bleed. Be sure to always buy toothbrushes with soft bristles, which clean just as well as firm ones, but are more gentle on their tiny gums. It’s also important to supervise your child’s brushing to make sure that they aren’t putting too much pressure on their gums, which can result in bleeding and further sensitivity.
Medications: Certain medications can cause your child’s gums to be inflamed, resulting in extra sensitive or bleeding gums. If your child has recently started new medication, be sure that they stick to their medication routine and see how their gums respond over time. They should also be gentler when they brush, to make sure they are not stirring up their sensitive gums.
Flossing Routine: It’s so important to teach your child about the benefits of brushing from an early age, but when they first begin this regime, they might experience some minor bleeding. The deep crevices of the gums are incredibly sensitive and are easily agitated when they are disrupted by a new flossing routine. Have them keep at their new oral hygiene routine, where bleeding will usually calm down after a week of consistent flossing.
If you notice that your child’s bleeding gums aren’t subsiding, or their gums look swollen, red and tender, they may be suffering from gum disease. Be sure to bring them in to see us for an appointment, so we can better asses the situation and prescribe a proper treatment plan. Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County offers a caring and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry, ensuring our patients are comfortable at all times. To learn more about our practice visit us here, or give us a call at 631-320-0880 to schedule an appointment today!