What to Do if Your Toddler’s Gums Are Bleeding

What to Do if Your Toddler’s Gums Are Bleeding  | Junior Smiles of Stafford

Seeing your toddler bleed can be upsetting as a parent. By looking at their wounds, you can typically tell if a child is bleeding from a cut lip or a scalded knee. As for your child’s gum bleeding, it can be a very separate issue.

Bleeding gums might be a sign of more serious dental health problems that you do not want to ignore. You can also link periodontal disease to various other health problems as you age, which is why you should never overlook your oral care.

Infant bleeding gums can be caused by inflammation and infection, putting your teeth, mouth, and entire health at risk. These infections can spread to other sections of the patient’s body, resulting in additional difficulties.


As we will see, gum disease can be caused by various external factors. However, we commonly link gum disease with poor oral hygiene. The next section discusses some of the most common reasons for bleeding gums in younger people.

New toothbrush

A hard-bristled toothbrush can bleed gums. Check the bristles on your child’s new toothbrush for firmness, or look on the package for bristle varieties. Always buy a soft-bristled toothbrush for small children; they are just as effective at cleaning teeth but are considerably gentler on the gums and teeth.

To protect your child from any form of gum disease and infections caused by plaque and harmful germs, you need to assist them in developing proper dental hygiene habits.

Flossing Routine

If you just introduced flossing to your child’s oral hygiene routine, they would most likely experience minor gum bleeding. Baby bleeding gums from flossing should go away in approximately a week. During the first week, they should rinse their mouth with warm saltwater.

Moreover, encourage your child to floss and teach them the importance of flossing.

Gum Disease

Your child may have gum disease if their gums are red, swollen, and sensitive. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can be caused by excessive plaque buildup.

You can prevent gum disease by ensuring your child maintains a healthy oral hygiene practice. It’s not uncommon for children to develop periodontitis at a later age. Gingivitis can develop in youngsters whose parents do not teach them good oral hygiene habits from an early age.

Before the development of periodontitis, gingivitis can be caused by poor oral hygiene. Guide your child to a regular tooth brushing to prevent any risks of gum diseases.

Treatment and Prevention

Good dental hygiene is the best defense against gum disease. As previously noted, regular brushing (at least twice a day), flossing once a day, and dental appointments every six months are the most common methods for kids.

For the treatment, your family dentist will ask about your child’s medical history and may request an x-ray during your child’s dental appointment. Using a probe, we can check for any cavities between the teeth. Depending on the nature and scope of the problem, various treatment approaches will be explored.

Your dentist will likely advise better brushing and flossing habits and may prescribe antibiotics if the infection is present. Root planing or scaling may be used to remove deep-cleaning plaque. Other operations may be required in children with advanced gingivitis.

Contact Junior Smiles of Stafford to learn more about gum infection in children

It’s normal for a parent to worry about bleeding gums in their babies; however, there’s no need to panic. You should immediately contact the most reputable pediatric dentist. We offer the skills and equipment necessary to make your child’s dental appointments joyful and stress-free.

Why Choose Junior Smiles of Stafford?

Our Stafford, VA team is well-versed in working with clients of various ages and backgrounds. They’ll take the time to get to know you and your family’s requirements, and they’ll work with you to design a treatment plan that suits your schedule. Sealants and fluoride treatments are just two of the many preventative care options we provide to keep your mouth healthy.

About Us

Visiting Junior Smiles of Stafford means you’re in good hands when it comes to receiving high-quality care. Your child’s dental health improves with each visit, ensuring a brighter smile for years to come. We adhere to the ADA and AAPD’s guidelines for best practices. 

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Stafford, VA 22556

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