Ottawa, ON (WiredPRNews.com) Gum disease – also called periodontal disease – is customarily linked to adults. However, Ottawa family dentistry expert Dr. Pamela Li notes that it can also happen to children or adolescents.
Gingivitis is the kind of gum disease most often experienced by children, but it’s usually simple to treat. Adults sometimes get gingivitis as a precursor to periodontitis, a more dangerous form of gum disease. So, it is critical take care of gingivitis immediately. “We don’t see a lot of periodontitis in otherwise healthy children,” says Li, an Ottawa dental clinic provider. “But, when we do, it is harder to eradicate than gingivitis.”
Exposure to second-hand smoke is often a risk factor for gum disease, explains the Ottawa, ON Invisalign dentist. Recent research published in the 2010 Journal of Clinical Dentistry examined 51 Turkish children with parents who were smokers. Researchers found elevated amounts of gingival disease and gum attachment loss in the smokers’ children compared to a control group of 58 nonsmoking parents’ children. For adults who smoke, periodontal disease is a common risk factor.
Asthma has also been increasing steadily in children. Recently, a study in the 2010 International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry examined 64 children who had asthma and 50 children who didn’t. The group with asthma had increased levels dental decay and gingivitis compared to the group without asthma. The Ottawa dental bridge expert explains that the study accounted for the difference by observing that asthmatic children often breathe through their mouths and that asthma medication can sometimes decrease the flow of saliva.
Li carefully examines each child patient for possible indications of gingivitis or more serious problems, the Ottawa cosmetic dentist explains. “When you catch it early, gum disease is simple to care for and completely reversible. The studies do demonstrate, however, that a thorough oral care program – with regular dental appointments – is essential for staying on top of the condition and preventing it from growing more serious.”
To learn more about Dr. Pamela Li’s Ottawa, ON dental clinic, visit www.drpamelali.com or call (613) 232-0550.
About Dr. Pamela Li
Ottawa, ON dentist Dr. Pamela Li provides an array of dental services that meet your needs all in one convenient location. Dr. Li also fits patients for the PPM sports mouth guard which is based on neuromuscular principles and increases an athlete’s strength, flexibility, and range of motion.
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