Kids Can Get Gum Disease Too

Children's Periodontal HealthIt would be comforting to think that gum disease afflicted only adults. But adolescents and even pre-adolescents are especially at risk for what is often called Localized Juvenile Periodontitis (LJP).

We usually think of periodontal disease as a result of plaque and calculus build-up. But the real culprit is bacteria that can spread from site to site in the mouth and even from person to person. You can even “catch” it yourself.

What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms can range from sore, bleeding gums to no symptoms at all, so the best way to nip gum disease in the bud is to remain vigilant in scheduling regular exams for yourself and your children. If we find gum disease in one family member, other members of the family may be infected as well.

How is it Treated

Once we identify the type of bacteria present, we prescribe a regimen of antibiotics—capsules taken orally or medication applied directly to the inflamed areas. Don’t wait until there’s a real problem. Call and make an appointment to protect your family against LJP.

Localized Juvenile Periodontitis can spread like wildfire. Your best protection is constant vigilance… regular dental check-ups that let us diagnose gum disease before it has a chance to spread and do real damage.

About Dr. Kristi Alexander

Doctor Kristi Alexander is locally born and raised in Carmichael. She found her love for the dental profession working in her father's dental lab for 10 years. She earned a degree in Biological Sciences from Sacramento State University and in 2000 she completed her degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry. She is a member of The ADA, CDA, and the Sacramento Dental Society.

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