Receding gums (also known as gingival recession in the field of dentistry) are not uncommon in adults ages 40 and older, but children can also experience this progressive loss of gum tissue as young as age 7.
Left untreated, gum recession can expose tooth roots and lead to pain and sensitivity. While causes of gum recession in adults can be addressed and ruled out one by one (tobacco use, hormones, aggressive brushing, etc.), gum recession in kids is a little more complicated. The most common reason for pediatric gum recession: an irregularly located tooth!
When evaluating a child for gum recession, Drs. Kenny and Sarrah Zamora will consider the following:
Age of the child
Amount of gum tissue lost
Amount of tooth root exposed
Location of aberrant tooth in relation to adjoining teeth
Whether orthodontic treatment is planned for your child
If your child is still in the process of getting their permanent teeth and gum recession is not severe, your Odenton dentist may decide to take a “watch and see what happens” approach. Whatever the treatment plan, ensure your child practices good oral hygiene and brushes their teeth and gums gently. Caring for gums is just as important as caring for teeth.
The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.