Even kids as young as 5 years old can get gum disease. This is a very serious type of periodontal disease and can be very aggressive. It often attacks the front teeth and first molars.
If gum disease runs in your family, it’s important to have your child checked for it starting with his or her baby teeth, and again at puberty which is about age 10 for girls and a year later for boys. These children MUST be seen by a specialist because the disease tends to cause very rapid bone loss if untreated.
Usually, the child has no symptoms, not even bleeding gums, so a thorough periodontal exam is very important. At Fetner & Hartigan, we are experienced at detecting and treating juvenile periodontal diseases and we are constantly updating our knowledge of advances in treatment.