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Periodontal Disease in Children

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Periodontal Disease in Children

Early, severe periodontal (gum) disease can occur in children with impaired immune systems or connective tissue disorders and inadequate oral hygiene. Simple gingivitis results from an accumulation of bacterial plaque and presents as red, swollen gums that bleed easily. Periodontitis is more severe and leads to tooth loss if not treated.

NIDCR publication:
Oral Conditions in Children With Special Needs: A Guide for Health Care Providers

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This page last updated: February 26, 2014