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Recently my two year old started complaining while we were
brushing her teeth and when I looked in her mouth I noticed her
gums were bleeding in the front where she already has her teeth
(meaning not where she would be teething). I waited a few days
for it to pass, but it seems to be getting worse. She totally
freaks out when we take out the toothbrush and says she has an
owie in her mouth after we attempt to brush her teeth. We
called the dentist who said they can't really do anything since
she is so young and we go to her pediatrician tomorrow, but I
was wondering if there is anybody else who had this experience?
I found very little information online (other than very scary
stuff), but other than the gums, she seems healthy and happy.
Anybody have any ideas?
is it just gingivitis? are you brushing her teeth twice a day
with toothpaste? maybe this is too simple an answer. just an
idea, but i am a health professional and bleeding gums is often
associated with gingivitis. make sure you are brushing those
I would take her to a pediatric dentist and see what they say. We like
Katsura, Wampler, et al. in Berkeley.
Dear BPN-ers, please help and tell me that there is nothing to
worry about. My 9-month-old daughter has a black spot on her gum!
She has two front teeth already. The spot is not in the front. It
is somewhat halfway towards the back, on the lower left side of
her mouth. I noticed it about a month and a half ago. A month ago
we showed her to our pediatrician, who didnít have an answer. She
recommended to wait. The spot was kind of black-blue and felt
swollen. It didnít seem to bother my daughter though. We saw a
different pediatrician again a couple of days ago. She didnít
really know either. She said it could be a bruise, broken blood
cells from teething, birthmark, orÖcancer. She referred us to The
Childrenís Hospital. We called them but they can see us only in 3
Her gum looks pretty much the same after all this time. Itís a
little greener and the swelling might have gone down a bit.
Mostly I feel like itís going to be ok, but I get so worried at
times. Please share your experiences, if you have them, if for no
other reason than to help ease my young motherís mind! Thanks.
I don't think you should have to wait 3 months worrying about what it is
on your baby's gum. I suggest you contact a local pediatric dental
office (i.e. Katsura) and have them look at it.
Dentists are fully capable of evaluating gum problems.
If you explain the situation, you should be able to be seen really
The odds are great that it is nothing serious.
Have you considered taking your child to a pediatric dentist? You
mentioned Children's Hospital Oakland--I'm not sure if you were talking
about their dental program. There are also several other pediatric
dentists in the East Bay. In El Cerrito, my kids see Dr. Edward
Matsuishi. Ask your dentist for a recommendation as well. A kids'
dentist will be able to easily diagnose the problem.
I would take her to the dentist.
A few years ago, I had a black spot on my gum as well. It took several
weeks and several different doctors (dentist, internist, dermatologist,
ENT..) to diagnose it. It was very frustrating - even a biopsy came up
inconclusive! I was finally seen at the oral medicine department at UCSF
who told me black spots on gums are one of two things (other than a
bruise!); Addison's disease or peutz jaeger syndrome (both of which are
very rare). Turns out I have Addison's (which is totally manageable and
not life threatening). Please take your baby to an Oral Medicine doctor
dentist) - the closest department I think is the one at UCSF (they were
great!). Hope it turns out to be nothing!
I know it's not customary, but do you have a dentist that you trust who
would be will to have a look?
I'm 35 years old and already have early stages of gum disease.
I've been seeing my dentist for cleanings every 3 months, and
have seen a periodontist intermittently. I'm scheduled for a
root planing in a couple months. I'm concerned because I
already have some bone loss in my teeth, and as both my dentist
and periodontist have told me, I'm young to be experiencing
this. They tell me that it is hereditary (my dad has bad gums
too) and that the hormones involved with pregnancy and
breastfeeding (I've been pregnant or breastfeeding for most of
the past four years)for some reason make gum disease worse. My
question is, has anyone had similar experiences and found any
alternative or homeopathic remedies that have helped them to
have healthier gums? Has anyone found that a change of diet has
helped in any way? Thanks in advance for any advice.
Don't Want to be Toothless at 40
Genetic testing of hereditary periodontal disease (PD) is available. It only applies to rapidly progressing types that hit earlier than yours. You can learn more
about it, however, in the about.com series under dentistry (Dr. John Brooke). Meanwhile, I did my final nutrition consultant paper on periodontal disease, which
included a small cohort group using a special protocol. My evaluation of each member of this group indicated that their acid-alkaline balance, nutrient deficiencies,
digestive deficiencies, stress, immune system, and occlusion problems as well as hormone problems among the women coincided with PD risk factors noted in the
literature. Over the 3 month time period, during which they followed the protocol. there was a decrease in total sulcus or pocket depth (as shown on their perio
charts before and after the study) in most of the participants.
Has your dentist has recommended a Sonicare toothbrush? My gums
have improved quite a lot using this and following instructions
for use by my dental hygienist.
I know a number of people who have had gum disease as serious as
yours. Interestingly enough, a nice tea tree oil toothpaste and
floss may help enormously, and in fact helped a friend avoid a
root canal. Shop as you like or I'll be glad to tell you my
source. Gum disease may be common but it isn't normal. Gum
disease may also create cardiac problems. (reference at
http://www.bettykamen.com) I assume you are taking good
supplements, especially calcium, and a diet low in refined
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