Gum DiseaseRestore your child smile by seeing your Houston, TX family dentist for gum disease treatment.

Did your Houston, TX family dentist Dr. David Citek recently diagnose your child with gum disease? This can feel like a scary and confusing diagnosis, especially if you thought both you and your child were taking great strides to properly care for their smile. Luckily, your child has treatment options when it comes to treating their gum disease effectively so they can get back their healthy smile.

Early diagnosis is key to providing the most effective treatments against your child’s gum disease. It’s only by seeing your Houston family dentist every six months that we will be able to detect gum disease before it becomes too aggressive.

If your child has been diagnosed with a more severe form of this disease, this could be indicative of a more general disease or infection. Therefore, it’s also important that you take your child to their general practitioner to see if there is another health problem that could be the cause of their gum disease. This is particularly important if your child’s gum disease is resistant to treatment.

If your child has developed gum disease, it may require several visits to your Houston, TX family dentist to effectively treat them. Here are some of the most common ways we will treat your child’s condition:

  • Scaling and root planing: This is the most common therapy used to deep clean the roots of your teeth and to remove plaque and tartar buildup from both above and below the gum line. This is performed in our office under local anesthesia.
  • Antibiotics: Your Houston family dentist may prescribe antibiotics along with scaling and root planing to stop the disease from spreading. Antibiotics come in several forms including mouthwashes or gels that are placed into the infected gum pockets during your scaling and root planing treatment.
  • Surgery: More advanced forms of gum disease may require your Houston dentist to open up the gums, disinfect the diseased pockets and reshape the gums so they are more tightly fitted around the teeth.

While your child is undergoing treatment, it’s important that they continue to maintain good oral hygiene while at home. This means brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. Also avoid sugary treats and drinks that can promote plaque and tartar buildup and cause more damage.

Want to find out which treatment option is best for tackling your child’s gum disease? Then call your Houston, TX family dentist today and schedule an appointment. The sooner you can treat your child’s gum, disease the better!

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Houston, TX Family & Cosmetic Dentist
Lee Bui, DDS
10126 Thermon Street
Houston, TX 77075
(713) 943-2506

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