You're admiring your little one's smile when you notice that their gums are swollen? Should it be a sign of concern? Do you need to schedule an appointment with their pediatric dentist to ensure their oral health is in order?
It's normal to feel concerned whenever there's an issue related to your child's health and you may have a million questions racing through your mind right now.
So, here's why your toddler's gums may be swollen and what you need to do about it.
If your toddler's gums look swollen or inflamed, these might be some of the possible reasons:
Teething is often one of the most common causes of swollen gums in toddlers. If the gums seem to be inflamed only in certain areas and it also looks like one or more teeth are about to emerge, then teething is very likely the cause of the problem.
As the tooth erupts, the swelling will go away.
Teething can be a bit uncomfortable for your little one. To ease their discomfort, you can give them cold fruits and veggies that they can munch on, such as sliced cucumbers. You can also freeze their teething toys or a cloth. This will help ease the discomfort and provide some relief. If your child develops a fever when teething, then you should get in touch with their dentist.
We know that brushing a toddler's teeth can sometimes feel like mission impossible. But, if you are not careful and consistent with their oral hygiene, then bacteria will build up, affecting their teeth, irritating their gums, and eventually leading to gingivitis.
Brush your child's teeth two times a day, in the morning and at night before bedtime. It's safe to use fluoride toothpaste, however you should only apply a rice-sized grain of toothpaste when brushing their teeth to limit the amount they are swallowing. You should also try to avoid putting your child to bed with a bottle or offering them sugary drinks, especially in a sippy cup.
If you are careful about your child's oral hygiene, but their gums still get swollen, then maybe they have a vitamin deficiency. Although these cases are quite rare as most baby foods are fortified with vitamins and minerals, you should check with your dentist if you can't find any other possible reason for your toddler's swollen gums. Lack of vitamin B and C can lead to inflamed gums and you may need to run a few blood tests to see if that's the reason.
If you are concerned about your child's oral health, then you can rest assured that at Harmony Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in Bethesda you will find a team of dedicated and compassionate dentists.
Get in touch with us now to book your appointment.