Contrary to popular belief, periodontal or gum disease is NOT something that only happens to grown-ups and the elderly; children and adolescents are susceptible, too. Broadly speaking, gum diseases refer to a set of ailments resulting from an inflammation of the tissues and bone that support the teeth. If left untreated, it could result in rotting teeth and possible underlying complications.
Usually, periodontal disease is caused by a buildup of plaque, a sticky layer of bacteria that naturally forms on teeth and gums. The most common types that affect children are chronic gingivitis and aggressive periodontitis.