Most parents are concerned about cavities, and rightly so. Tooth decay in children is serious and widespread. But as we remind parents at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Advanced Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in San Antonio, kids are at risk for all the same oral ailments as grownups.
That includes gum disease. Let’s discuss it.
What causes gingivitis and periodontal disease?
Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup.
Food particles mixed with saliva generate a sticky film called plaque. Plaque produces bacteria. If not removed by brushing and flossing, the bacteria multiply and plaque builds up on the teeth.
The gums respond by becoming sore and inflamed. Plaque buildup hardens into calculus. Calculus cannot be removed by a toothbrush or dental floss. Calculus can be removed during a professional dental cleaning.
At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Advanced Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in San Antonio, we treat every member of your household with our family dentistry. People from Shavano Park, Leon Springs, and Beorne trust their dental health to us, and improve their smiles with our cosmetic dentistry. Call for an appointment today!