You don't need us to tell you that there’s a lot of body changes going on during puberty. Lots can happen to the mouth when the body starts producing all those extra hormones like estrogen and progesterone. Hormones send more blood than normal to gums, increasing their sensitivity to plaque, and causing them to become more easily irritated by food particles. It’s a condition referred to as 'puberty gingivitis' and it’s hard to miss, leaving pre-teens with red, swollen gums that bleed more easily than usual.
- Take good care of your teeth and gums by brushing twice a day and flossing once daily.
- Have regular professional cleanings by a dentist.
- Eating healthy foods is probably not the first choice when kids are together, but eating well goes a long way to keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
- If you've got braces spend extra time properly brushing your teeth. Take out the removable parts of the braces, such as elastics and bands, & carefully clean around the wires, pins and brush all the areas of your teeth. Your dentist will be able to show you the right technique to make the job easier.
If you have any concerns about your teeth and gums, don't hesitate to contact the team at Bays Dental.