Bigger Gums In Children Could Be A Sign Of Leukemia

A case study that was released discussed how children with over-sized gum tissue have the potential to be an indicator of Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Sometimes as a dental professional, it can be tough to properly diagnose a patient solely based on what is happening in their mouth. For this reason, dental practitioners must remember more than just the individual’s mouth when diagnosing an issue. Dentists should consider looking into their patient’s individual medical history, as well as those of their family when making a diagnosis.

About Leukemia

A type of cancer, Leukemia affects white blood cells and has an impact on an individual’s body’s immune system. Leukemia causes the blood-forming tissues of the body to build an abundance of abnormal white blood cells that are not able to function properly and reduce the amount of the blood cells which are used to allow blood to clot or to transport oxygen. This disease can result in death because of infection or bleeding.

When covering this topic, Dentistry Today mentioned that dental practitioners initiate the diagnosis of 25% of patients with myelogenous leukemia in addition to 33% who are afflicted with myelomonocytic leukemia.

What about my children’s gums?

Typically the first indications of leukemia include bleeding or swelling gums, or gingivitis. The patient’s gums might actually swell to the extent where the gums start to overlap the enamel of the teeth in severe cases. Feeling weak and unexplained weight loss are other symptoms to be aware of.

How should leukemia be treated?

The most effective course of action for fighting leukemia is chemotherapy, along with bone marrow transplants and blood transfusions. The enlarged gum tissue can be resolved with those treatments as well.

Follow this link to Everyday Health for tips for caring for your mouth for individuals with leukemia.

While having enlarged gum tissue does not instantly indicate your child has leukemia it is very important to be mindful of the chance when looking for causal reasons. Bigger gums can likewise be the outcome of possibilities such as puberty-based gingivitis, menstrual cycle-associated gingivitis, Crohn’s disease, lymphoma, ascorbic acid deficiency, neurofibromatosis, and so much more.

Give Dr. Hodges or your physician a call if you have a child who might have big gum tissue so a proper medical diagnosis can be provided.