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how do you treat overgrown gums in children?

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Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Overgrown gums: Usually overgrown gums, also called gingival hyperplasia, in children are caused by poor oral hygiene. However, some medications can also cause it. It will generally respond well to good brushing and flossing after a few weeks. If it does not, surgery may be necessary to remove the excess gum tissue. If it doesn't clear up with improved oral hygiene, consult your dentist.
Dr. Tony Menendez
Prosthodontics 37 years experience
Dentalcare: Usually overgrown gums are a result of poor hygiene and medications. Visit your dentist for an evaluation and treatment options.

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