A recent study made a concerning connection between children who are obese and their risk of developing gingivitis. Maintaining proper oral hygiene is especially important for young people. Gum issues that are detected early and treated are usually reversible. Here’s what you need to know from the study. 

Understanding Gingivitis 

Gingivitis can sometimes go unnoticed. It is a mild type of periodontal disease. The longer it remains untreated, gum disease becomes more severe. Gingivitis can cause swollen gums, bloody gums, and bad breath. Gums begin to recede when infected, eventually leading to tooth loss. 

What the Study Found 

The study examined 90 children. Nearly 99% of those classified as obese had gingivitis of some degree. For children classified as overweight, 85% were found to have gingivitis. Previous studies have found similar correlations in adults. 

Steps You Can Take 

If your child is overweight, it is imperative you help them keep up with their oral health. Instill good daily habits. Make sure they are brushing for two minutes, two times each day. Encourage the use of dental floss and a mouthwash that fights gingivitis. Keep up with a regular routine of periodontal examinations in our office. We can help to detect problems early and will recommend treatment options if needed.  

While the sample size of this study was small, the results are still important to consider. Obesity in adults has been linked to increasing the risk of developing gum problems, making these results less surprising but nonetheless imperative. If your child is overweight, talk with their doctor to develop an appropriate weight-loss plan. Include our team to provide your child with a comprehensive periodontal examination. When left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more severe complications. The key to fighting gum disease is to detect it early and take preventive measures through your child’s daily oral hygiene routine.  

For more tips on keeping your mouth healthy or to schedule your next visit to our office, please contact us.  

Advanced Periodontics and Dental Implants of Ocean
Phone: 732-517-9800
1300 State Route 35, Plaza 1, Suite 203, Ocean NJ 07712
Ocean, NJ 07712

endodontic news in Ocean NJ

Endodontist Ocean NJ

  • How Long Does a Temporary Crown Last? | Andrew R. Samuel DMD

    Understanding Temporary Crowns After Root Canal Therapy If you’ve undergone root canal therapy with Dr. Andrew Samuel at Coastal Monmouth Dental Specialists, you’re likely familiar with temporary crowns. These interim restorations play a crucial role in protecting your tooth until the permanent crown is ready. But how long can you wear a temporary crown before…

    Read More >>

  • What Kind of Technology Do Endodontists Use? | Endodontist in Ocean NJ

    Discover the Expertise of an Endodontist in Ocean, NJ At Coastal Monmouth Dental Specialists, Dr. Andrew Samuel leads the way as a trusted Endodontist in Ocean, NJ. If you’re unfamiliar with what an Endodontist does, allow us to shed some light. What Sets Endodontists Apart?While general dentists focus on various dental procedures, Endodontists specialize exclusively…

    Read More >>

  • Promoting Dental Health for Endodontist Ocean NJ Patients | Ocean Endodontist

    Tooth decay remains a prevalent concern for individuals of all ages, with children and adolescents being particularly susceptible. At Coastal Monmouth Dental Specialists, LLC/Jersey Shore Endodontics, we understand the importance of effective preventive measures to safeguard your oral health. As an Endodontist Ocean NJ residents trust, we prioritize education and proactive care to help you…

    Read More >>