GINGIVITIS(BLEEDING GUMS) IN CHILDREN
GINGIVITIS is the inflammation of the gums around the
teeth due to improper cleaning of teeth. Although systemic factors and general
health can modify the tissue reaction to local irritants, Gingivitis in
all age groups is caused primarily by local irritants. It is nearly always
reversible. The usual signs of gingivitis are gums which are swollen
and bleed on brushing.
Children by and large are not entirely efficient in cleaning their teeth.
Oral hygiene has to be stimulated, supervised, and the end result examined
for it to be efficient. Particularly sticky foods (such as chocolates and
crispy foods ) in the less accessible areas are difficult to remove. Rough
and vigorous scrubbing may hurt the child and discourage him form brushing
well.( If disclosing rinses / tablets which stain the debris are used, the
child may be motivated to brush till the unsightly stain is removed.)
There is no question that the regime of oral hygiene improves gingival health.
But in the children, it is advisable for brushing to be supervised by the
parent if it has to be effective.
Last updated on 10-11-2000