While many people believe periodontal disease is an adult problem, studies indicate that gingivitis (the first stage of periodontal disease) is a frequent problem among children and adolescents. Advanced forms of periodontal disease are rare in children.
Chronic gingivitis, common in children, causes gum tissue to swell, turn red, and bleed easily. Gingivitis is preventable and treatable with a regular routine of brushing, flossing, and professional dental care. If left untreated, it can eventually advance to more serious forms of periodontal disease.
Periodontitis is marked by inflammation of the gums, loss of tooth attachment and supporting structures and heavy accumulations of plaque and calculus. Eventually it can cause the teeth to become loose. As an adult regular dental care is vital for the health of your teeth and gums. Cleaning the plaque and tartar from your teeth (and checking for early decay) is vital to your routine dental care.