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What Causes Swollen Gums in Children?

Swollen gums in children is a condition that usually occurs as a result of inflammation of the gums. The main cause of swollen gums is the accumulation of bacterial plaque on the surface of the teeth and contact with the gums. Over time, the plaque can turn into tartar, and before the plaque turns into tartar, there may be redness and swelling of the gums. Swollen gums can be caused by poor oral hygiene, when brushing and flossing are inadequate. Other factors can include hormonal changes, the teething period, eating habits and genetic factors.

If left untreated, swollen gums can lead to gum disease, tooth loss and general health problems, so regular dental care, dental check-ups and healthy eating habits are important. Parents should take care of their children's oral health and take early precautions against gum problems.

What are the Symptoms of Swollen Gums in Children?

Swollen gums in children usually occur with various symptoms. Some of these symptoms:

Redness: Swollen gums are usually characterized by redness around them. The gums may appear darker in color than normal.

Swelling: The gums may appear larger and swollen than normal. The swelling may extend beyond the normal structure of the gums.

Sensitivity: Swollen gums can often be sensitive. Your child may feel pain or discomfort when they touch their gums or eat something.

Bleeding: Swollen gums can often cause bleeding during brushing or eating. Bleeding can occur even when the gums are lightly touched.

Bad breath: Gum swelling and inflammation can also cause bad breath. This often occurs in combination with other symptoms of gingivitis.

If your child has one or more of these symptoms, it may indicate a problem with gum health. It is important to show this to a dentist. The dentist will assess your child's gum health and recommend appropriate treatment. In addition, the importance of regular dental care habits can be emphasized and necessary measures can be taken to protect your child's dental health.

Causes of Swollen Gums in Children

Swollen gums in children can occur for a variety of reasons. Common causes of swollen gums in children:

Teething: During infancy, pressure can build up on the gums as teeth appear in the mouth. This can cause swelling and sensitivity of the gums.

Gingivitis: If dental plaque accumulates in the gums as a result of insufficient cleaning of the teeth, this can lead to gingivitis (gingivitis). Gingivitis can cause swelling, redness and sensitivity in the gums.

Gum Injuries: Children can injure their gums when hard food gets stuck in their gums while eating or in accidents. In this case, the gums can become swollen and painful.

Tooth Abscess: Tooth abscess may develop as a result of infections in the gums. A dental abscess is characterized by swelling, pain and often pus formation in the gums.

Tooth Brushing Techniques: Incorrect tooth brushing techniques or the use of an inappropriate toothbrush can damage the gums and lead to swelling.

Dietary Habits: Excessive consumption of sugary and acidic foods can cause inflammation and swelling of the gums.

If your child has swollen gums, it is important to consult a dentist. The dentist will determine the cause of the condition and recommend appropriate treatment. In addition, the importance of regular dental care can be emphasized and necessary measures can be taken to protect your child's dental health.

What is good for swollen gums in children?

You can take the following measures to alleviate and treat swollen gums in children:

Regular Dental Care: It is important that your child brushes their teeth regularly. The choice of toothbrush and toothpaste should be appropriate for the child's age. Brushing is an essential step to maintain gum health and prevent gum swelling.

Flossing: Flossing to clean between your child's teeth can help reduce gingivitis and swelling. However, you can wait until your child is older to learn how to floss and ask your dentist for advice.

Antiseptic Mouthwash: Antiseptic mouthwashes recommended by your dentist can help improve your child's gum health. However, you should talk to your dentist before using any product on your child.

Cold Application: You can apply cold to relieve gum swelling and reduce pain. You can use an ice pack wrapped in a clean cloth or a cold water drink. However, avoid putting this application directly on the gums.

Proper Eating Habits: Consumption of sugary and acidic foods can increase gingivitis. Make sure your child eats a healthy and balanced diet.

Regular Dental Checkups: Regular dental check-ups for your child can help with early diagnosis and preventive measures.

If your child's swollen gums persist or if there is a serious problem with other symptoms, it is important to consult a dentist. The dentist can support your child's dental health by providing appropriate treatment and advice.

Creation Date:12 March 2024