Dental One Associates of Dunwoody
5901-B Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30328

Expert Advice on Treating Children’s Gum Disease

dca-blog-gum-disease_1200x630

If your child complains of sore or swollen gums, they may have gotten gum disease. Surprisingly, a majority of children have gum disease and parents never notice until a dentist discovers it. But if gum disease is treated in its early stages, it can be easily reversed. Discover what you need to know to protect your child’s smile.

Signs of Suffering

Many parents assume that gum disease only strikes adults, so many are uncertain about treating children’s gum disease. Yet gum disease reveals itself in a variety of symptoms, so parents must be aware of what signals dental damage. If your child experiences any of the following symptoms, schedule an appointment with their pediatric dentist immediately to prevent long-term trouble:

  • Bleeding of the gums while brushing and flossing
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Tenderness when gums are touched
  • Brushing becomes painful
  • Discomfort when chewing
  • Gum recession

Trusted Tips on Treating Children’s Gum Disease

Fortunately, gum disease can be treated and defeated if it’s caught in its earliest stages. Often, a child’s complaints about swollen gums will be the first indication. But parents also need to make sure that their child practices good dental hygiene habits, as well as check their teeth and gums regularly. If there are signs of a possible problem, parents must take their child to the pediatric dentist immediately for a complete check-up and cleaning. Then, the dentist can determine the problem and proceed with the best care for the child.

Preventing the Problem

Prevention is always better than treatment, so parents should be pro-active about protecting their child’s dental health. To help a child avoid having to go through gum disease, experts advise these helpful hints:

  • A regular brushing and flossing routine
  • Get your child a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging tooth enamel and gums
  • Take your child to a pediatric dentist twice a year for check-ups and cleanings
  • Get your child a mouth-guard if they grind or clench their teeth at night
  • Ask your pediatric dentist if your child could benefit from an anti-bacterial mouth rinse
  • Substitute sugary foods and drinks with healthier alternatives

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Atlanta, call Dental One Associates of Dunwoody today at (404) 381-1490 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Atlanta. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Georgia, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Dunwoody, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Dunwoody.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
They have the greatest staff I have ever came contact with since I’ve been going to the dentist. Receptionist is great ( Crystal) Both hygienist are nice (Jessica)& (Sema) Dr. Thornton is […]
Kevin A.
I’d definitely recommend Dr. Sarah Thornton and her wonderful staff without any hesitation. They are efficient, great at what they do and make sure you are comfortable every step of the way […]
Deepika R.
Service at a level that is second to none! Awesome staff very friendly and attentive by far the best dental experience I have ever had!
Billy M.
I have been with Dental one associates since 2006. I switched to Dunwoody location since 2013 and loved it since. I recommended to almost everyone at work and they also become loyal patients to the […]
Herna M.
Nice, knowledgeable, and friendly staff.
James T.
The staff is wonderful and so is our dentist …she is kind, patient and very knowledgeable.
Deborah H.
Dr. Thornton is one of the best dentists I have ever been pleased to call “My dentist.” Her skill and patience are topped with a wonderful personality and she has a soft manner and touch […]
Nona L.
Great staff great energy within office . dental assistant was very caring and tentative. Felt very comfortable.
Nikki M.
Friendly, professional, explained what they were doing and why
Ann C.
Great Service. Very knowledgeable staff. They’re passionate about teeth!
Anthony S.
Dr. Thornton is the best. Have never had a better experience getting fillings (which isn’t fun).
Kyle S.
They were friendly, honest, not pushy, and welcoming. I had a great experience.
Patrick G.
1st time for everything, and I do mean the 1st time I have had an absolute amazing dental visit. After experiencing a dental emergency and trying to get in to see my regular dental organization (to […]
Michelle G.
Great staff ! Love them !
Sheena H.
The entire staff was friendly, knowledgeable and explained everything about my care and options :-) I was nervous about my appointment and they put all of my fear aside.
Michele O.
Timely and friendly help and service!
Ben H.
Everyone in the office was friendly and thorough in their explanations of what they were doing.
Marcy T.
The doctor and hygienist were thorough, informative and considerate
James R.
Staff always friendly when I come in.
Carolyn W.
I absolutely love this Dentist and staff and that is saying a great deal because I have always disliked going to the dentist! Dr. Thornton is very thorough and professional, but also has tremendous […]
Kelly M.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (404) 381-1490
Our Location