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Gum Recession in Kids Marietta, GA

Gum Recession in Kids

Gingival recession (receding gums) refers to the progressive loss of gum tissue, which can eventually result in tooth root exposure if left untreated. Gum recession is most common in adults over the age of 40, but it can also occur in children as well. In fact, children as young as 7 years old can experience gum recession. Gum recession is most commonly found on the bottom front teeth.

There are several causes of gum recession, such as periodontal disease, tobacco use, insufficient oral hygiene, hormonal fluctuations, aggressive brushing, grinding and even your genes. However, the most common culprit to gum recession in children is an irregularly located tooth. It is highly important that you seek your dentist’s advice if you notice signs of gum recession in your child. Your dentist can diagnose the specific cause of your child’s recession and recommend a treatment plan if necessary. Often times, it may be something your dentist wants to just watch for a while if all of your child’s permanent teeth have not erupted yet. Making sure your child is brushing and flossing twice daily as well as teaching them to brush gently is important to preventing gum recession.

Your child’s dentist can typically diagnose gum recession at a routine check-up. However, parents can look for signs at home too. If your child is complaining of sensitive teeth or if one or more of your child’s teeth look particularly long, they may have gum recession. The decision to treat the recession will depend on the answers to the following questions.

  • How much gum tissue has been lost?
  • How much gum tissue remains?
  • How much of the root is exposed?
  • What is the position of the tooth relative to the bone and the adjacent teeth?
  • Is orthodontics planned for the child?
  • How old is the child?

Healthy teeth and gums are essential to your child’s growth and overall health. Periodontal conditions such as gum recession is not just for older adults to be aware of. Gilreath Family Dentistry will be happy to answer your questions and concerns regarding signs of gum recession at any stage of life.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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