Trying to get your children to be on top of their toothbrushing habits can be a pain, as we all know. Often, it’s out of apathy or forgetfulness that their brush remains dry at the end of the night. However, if your child seems actively opposed to the activity, there may be something else going on. In a lot of cases, inflammation of the gums can be responsible for a lot of pain and misery – a perfectly understandable reason for your kids to not want to brush their teeth!
Young children brushing their teeth are rather clumsy – and if they already had bad habits with brushing their teeth, they’re more likely to hurt their gums in the process. Your child will make up any excuse they can think of to get out of having to put themselves through the pain, but that’s to be expected. Taking steps to fix the problem can help your children get their dental health back on track!
What Is Infant Gum Inflammation?
A child’s mouth is ever-growing—whether new teeth are coming in or out. Often, a child will brush their teeth and cause their gums to bleed. The bleeding leaves an impression on your child of something being wrong and thus making them think they are going to suffer again if they brush their teeth.
Babies teething or poor dental hygiene in toddlers cause infant gum inflammation. It is usually also a warning sign of gingivitis.
Common signs of gum inflammation in children are the following:
- Swollen and red gums
- Bleeding during tooth brushing
- Pinkish or red saliva after brushing
How to Prevent Infant Gum Inflammation
Your child doesn’t have to endure pain when they brush their teeth. It’s easy to take simple steps in your child’s oral health to keep their gums healthy.
Be a role model
Your children follow in your footsteps when you have a great dental routine. Serve as a role model of healthy teeth, so your kids begin developing a proper dental care habit. Their gums eventually get healthy again, and their teeth will stay healthy and strong!
Teach your children to brush their teeth in circles so it won’t hurt their gums as much as straight brushing. Circular brushing is more comfortable on their young teeth than cleaning straight across while still being an effective brushing method. Brushing straight across often causes the bleeding and could be more hurtful to their young mouth.
Add to the daily dental routine
If your child is experiencing gum inflammation, just brushing their teeth isn’t enough. Begin adding flossing and kid-friendly mouthwash to their dental health method, so it relieves the symptoms of swollen gums and bleeding. It may be challenging to start, but making those habits when they’re young goes a long way!
Visit Their Dentist If the Gum Inflammation Continues
Gum inflammation usually goes away after about ten days. If you notice it isn’t, or the swelling reappears, visit your children’s dentist so they can see what is happening and how to help relieve the pain. We’re here to help your children keep a bright smile and good habits they’ll take with them as they grow!