Losing teeth when growing older is a natural process. Specifically, when children lose teeth, it is an exciting milestone in their lives. They are losing their “baby teeth” and gaining their permanent, “adult teeth.” Although, with this exciting addition of permanent teeth in children six and seven years can cause possible symptoms

Swollen Gums and Cheeks

For children that are experiencing oral development, the “six year molars” are the first set of permanent teeth to grow in. While these molars erupt and puncture the gums, swelling of the gums and face can take place. If your child seems to be experiencing swelling in either the gums or face you may be concerned as a parent. Do not be alarmed. However, you should be aware that swelling typically subsides on its own as the tooth breaks the surface of the gum tissue as it continues to erupt.


If your child is experiencing swollen cheeks or gums, we recommend that you watch the situation closely. Monitor your child’s gums and facial features after a molar has fully surfaced the gum tissue to see if swelling has subsided. The best practices for treatment are practicing healthy oral habits. As a recommendation, we suggest to give children softened foods such as mashed bananas and smoothies. These foods can help reduce irritation of the gums where the swelling may be taking place. Additionally, oral antibiotic rinses can be administered to help rinse food and bacteria.

Contact Us

If your child is still experiencing ongoing swelling after their “six-year” molars have erupted, we recommend scheduling a visit with us at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Ashburn, Virginia and Great Falls, Virginia areas. We have excellent dentists that are devoted in treating and comforting children through each dental visit and procedure. With the appropriate resources our office has we will be able to identify and pinpoint cause of swelling in your child. We look forward to helping you with your dental needs! We have a pediatric dentistry office in Ashburn, Virginia allowing us to focus on your children’s oral health.