bonuragumdiseaseA study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control shows that half of all adults over the age of 30 suffer from some stage of periodontal disease. Gum disease can lead to a number of uncomfortable symptoms, as well as a higher risk of adult tooth loss. How do you prevent gum disease? What steps can you take to reduce your risk of developing periodontal problems?

Gum Disease Prevention Quiz

  1. True or False: A variety of factors can lead to periodontal disease.
  2. True or False: A dental cleaning can help avoid the disease.
  3. True or False: You should brush and floss daily to reduce your risk.
  4. True or False: Bleeding gums may be a potential warning sign.

Answer Key

  1. True. Gum disease typically forms when the gums become inflamed, pulling away from the teeth and forming pockets. Bacteria can then invade these pockets, leading to gingivitis and eventually, gum disease. Factors behind inflammation include hormonal fluctuations, poor oral hygiene, smoking, or poor oral hygiene. The cause and severity of your periodontal issues will decide what treatment is needed.
  2. True. A routine cleaning should be performed twice a year, about once every six months. The cleaning involves removing plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and then polishing the teeth. Doing so reduces the risk of periodontal disease.
  3. True. Along with dental cleanings, you also need to brush and floss. Brushing and flossing removes plaque and food particles from the surface of the teeth and from between them.
  4. True. You should be aware of any potential warning signs, which may include redness, sores, or bleeding when you brush or floss. As the issue progresses, gum recession, chronic bad breath, and loose teeth may occur. Contact your dentist for a thorough examination and diagnosis.