Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS
1755 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001

Understanding and Preventing Serious Gum Disease in Children

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Gum disease in children is more common than you may realize, and it could lead to early tooth loss if not recognized and treated. Three types of periodontal disease are common in kids and teens. Chronic gingivitis is the most common diagnosis. This early stage of disease can often be reversed with good oral hygiene. Aggressive periodontitis is more serious. It typically affects only the first molars and incisors of teens and young adults. Unlike most other forms of periodontal disease, it is not caused by a large buildup of dental plaque or calculus, but it can cause significant bone loss. Children entering puberty may become victims of generalized aggressive periodontitis; this form does involve plaque and tartar buildup, and it usually affects the entire mouth.

Looking Out for the Signs of Periodontal Disease

Keeping your child free from gum disease starts with being aware of its major symptoms:

  • Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing or for unexplained reasons
  • Puffy, bright red gums
  • Receding gums that may expose tooth roots
  • Persistent bad breath that does not respond to oral hygiene

Adolescence: A Crucial Stage for the Health of Gums

Surging hormone levels during adolescence and puberty increase blood circulation in gum tissues. Gum sensitivity and stronger inflammatory reactions often occur during this period, so maintaining excellent dental hygiene is very important. In some cases, your child’s dentist may recommend periodontal therapy to prevent damage to the connective tissues and bones that surround teeth.

Nipping Problems in the Bud or Preventing them Altogether

If periodontal disease is diagnosed early, successful treatment is more likely. Check your child’s gums and teeth for signs of gingivitis at home, and be sure that he or she also receives a thorough periodontal exam during regularly scheduled dental visits. Teach and enforce excellent oral hygiene habits, and set a good example by maintaining them yourself.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Abington, call Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS today at (215) 310-5826 or make an appointment.

Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Abington. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS, 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 Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS.

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Nice and friendly staff Teeth cleaned and flossed well Doctors expertise as well as dental hygienist knowledge.
Dana S.
Have always had a pleasant experience there. They keep you well-informed as to work being done and are respectful of people’s sensitivity pertaining to visiting the dentist.
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Both the doctor and staff are friendly, professional and competent
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Great hygienist. Friendly staff. Dr Finkleman is very thorough and easy to talk with.
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Being terrified of the dentist, I have never ever said this before, but I had a very pleasant dental experience with Dr. Machlus,, and this was for a root canal,,, not an easy thing to walk away from […]
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The staff is very friendly, the doctors took the time to make my children feel relaxed and answered all their questions
Georgette C.
The entire staff was so friendly. I was seen within an hour of calling for an emergency appointment!
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Hardly a wait. Good service.
Jean S.
I’ve been a patient for over thirty years and appreciate Dr. Finkelman’s professionalism and warm personality.
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Dr. Machlus, did a great job on my teeth. His craftsmanship speaks for itself. It needs no Introduction. The receptionist and aides were outstanding as well. On top there job…not a moment to […]
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Dr. Finkelman is an Extremely Nice Man and A Really Good Dentist. 2 Thumbs Up To Him And His Staff. I Believe I Will Keep Him As My Dentist. Many Thanks… Rita.
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excellent care
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Excellent Service! Came in to get my cleaning done and was seen by hygienist Anna V. She did a great job! The cleaning was done professionally and painless. She answered the questions I had and gave […]
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Very efficient office. Good work on all types of services.
Kathleen H.
I have always received great treatment and never had to wait after my appointment time.
Shawneac P.
Vera is a great dental hygienist. She makes me feel comfortable and makes my visit go quickly and smoothly. Dr. Machlus is a great dentist, too. Overall, I always have a good experience when going to […]
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Dr Machlus is incredibly meticulous and thorough with his work. His kindness and patience is out of this world. I recommend all my friends and family to him !
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All around service, friendliness and consideration of both hygienist and dentist and the knowledge.
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Knowledgeable dentist – very efficient in processing an emergency dental need. Clean environment.
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Doctor was thorough. Hygienist was easy to work with.
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  • Tuesday 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
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