Why Does My Toddler Have Swollen Gums?

Why Does My Toddler Have Swollen Gums?

Have you recently noticed your toddler has swollen or even red gums? There are actually several things that could explain it.


Check out this short blog post from Smile Ark Pediatric Dentistry to learn more about swollen gums in a toddler and when they are a sign you should see a pediatric dentist.


Common Causes of Swollen Gums in Toddlers


There are two common reasons why your little one’s gums can be swollen:


  1. Teething


Teething is the stage in your toddler’s development when their primary teeth start to erupt. It can cause swollen and red gums and a bit of pain around the area.


Usually, teething isn’t really a reason to see a pediatric dentist unless your child is experiencing discomfort and you want more personalized help to manage this condition. Massaging their gums with a clean finger or giving them a pacifier to chew on usually does the trick, however.


  1. Poor Oral Hygiene


Parents should start caring for their children’s oral health even when they are infants by gently cleaning the gums with a washcloth or clean finger after every feeding.


The mouth is full of unwanted bacteria, which not only affects the teeth but also the gums. Because of improper oral hygiene in children, bacteria can start attacking the gums, causing them to swell. Left unchecked, the child may be at risk of developing gingivitis or even gum disease.


When Should I Take My Toddler to the Dentist?


A good rule of thumb is to take your little one to a pediatric dentist whenever you’re concerned about their oral health.


Their first visit should occur as soon as their first baby tooth erupts and no later than their first birthday.


If your child has swollen gums and you’re worried about what that means, Dr. Lee can see them for a short consultation and determine the root cause as well as the appropriate treatment.


Here’s what a consultation looks like:


  • Mouth inspection: Dr. Lee will take a look at the toddler’s mouth, erupted teeth, gums, tongue, and even jaw alignment to make sure everything’s alright;

  • Treatment: At this stage, the toddler most likely needs a simple dental cleaning, though Dr. Lee will determine the exact treatment based on the toddler’s current oral health;

  • Advice: Every visit to a pediatric dentist is an opportunity for parents to get answers to their most burning questions and learn how to properly care for their child’s teeth.


Bring Your Child to Smile Ark Pediatric Dentistry.


Is your child dealing with swollen gums or any other dental issue that’s causing you to worry?


Dr. Lee is happy to see them for a quick and painless consultation to help restore your little one’s oral health (and your peace of mind).


Schedule an appointment at Smile Ark Pediatric Dentistry online or call us at (617) 372-2532 for a chat.

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