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Causes of Bleeding Gums in Children
Posted on 12/21/2016

Causes of Bleeding Gums in Children

Girl Brushing Teeth

As a parent, it is only natural to panic when you see blood and especially when your child’s mouth is bleeding. Your first thought may be that your child fell down or was struck in the face by something. However, upon investigation, you may find that it is your child’s gums that are bleeding.

There are a number of things can can cause your child’s gums to bleed, with the biggest culprit being periodontal disease. As a leading kid’s dentist in the Bothell area,

Dr. Worton provides the necessary dental treatment children need to keeptheir smiles healthy. Below are a few causes of bleeding gums in children and some information about when to bring your child into our Lynnwood office for an examination.

Switching to a New Toothbrush

When your child uses a brand new toothbrush with stiff bristles, the gums can bleed. It is important that your child uses a toothbrush with soft bristles which are gentler on the gums and teeth. Be sure that you check the package on any toothbrush you plan to buy to make sure the bristles are soft. And remind your child not to use too much pressure when brushing as doing so can cause bleeding and even damage to sensitive gums.

Certain Medications

There are some medications that can lead to the gums being extra sensitive and even inflamed, making the gums more prone to bleeding. If your child has started taking a new medication for a health condition he/she has, the medication could be the cause of the bleeding. Check the side effects of any medication your child is taking to see if bleeding gums is listed. And remind your child to be gentle when brushing so the sensitive gums don’t become irritated.

A New Flossing Routine

When a child starts flossing their teeth, the gums can bleed a bit, which is normal. If your child has recently started flossing and has bleeding gums, make sure your child is using the correct flossing technique. Any bleeding that happens with a new flossing habit should subside in about a week’s time. If your child’s gums continue to bleed after a week following a new flossing routine, contact your pediatric dentist in Bothell for an appointment. At your child’s appointment, Dr. Worton will examine your child’s teeth and gums to determine what is causing the bleeding.

Periodontal Disease

If your child’s gums bleed easily and they are tender, red and swollen, your child may be suffering from periodontal (gum) disease. While periodontal disease can be caused by a number of factors, the number one culprit is poor oral hygiene. To helpyour child avoid periodontal disease, make sure he or she visits our Bothell pediatric dentist twice a year for exams and professional cleanings. And be sure your child is brushing after meals and before bedtime using the proper technique. It is also important to make sure your child flosses once per day to remove any particles of food and plaque he/she missed when brushing.

Visit Your Lynnwood and Bothell Area Pediatric Dentist

If your child has gums that bleed for longer than one week, you should contact us right away to schedule an appointment. If Dr. Worton discovers that your child has periodontal disease, he will provide your child with the necessary treatment along with some advice for helping your child keephis or her teeth and gums healthy and strong.