Quiz: Recognizing the Symptoms of Gum Disease

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Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, affects millions of adults in the United States. This widespread dental disease can hurt both the health and appearance of your smile. In fact, periodontitis (advanced gum disease) can actually lead to adult tooth loss. However, with the right information, you can take steps to avoid this issue completely.

Gum Disease Quiz

1. True or False: Poor oral hygiene can lead to periodontal disease.
2. True or False: Patients report multiple symptoms of inflammation.
3. True or False: You can help prevent the onset of periodontal issues.
4. True or False: Dr. Allen offers deep cleanings to address the problem.

Answer Key

1. True. This disease occurs as a result of gum inflammation. Poor oral hygiene, which allows plaque to coat the teeth, leading to inflammation, is a common cause. Other factors behind periodontal issues include chronic illness, hormonal fluctuations, and the use of certain medications.
2. True. Common symptoms include sore, red gums that bleed easily. Patients may also notice bad breath, receding gums, or loose teeth. If you encounter one or more symptoms of this serious issue, please schedule an appointment for a diagnosis and to discuss treatment options.
3. True. With routine dental maintenance, you can help avoid the development of this serious health issue. Each day you should brush your teeth twice and floss once. In addition, you need to have your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year. Patients at high risk of gum disease may need cleanings more frequently, every three to four months.
4. True. With a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, our team will remove plaque from the roots and crowns of the tooth, reducing symptoms of periodontal issues.

About your Pella Dentists

Dr. Jeffrey F. Allen DDS and Dr. Denise Neumann have provided comfortable dental care to patients of all ages since 1996. Their services include gum disease treatment, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and Invisalign. Call (641) 628-1121 today to schedule a check up or cleaning, cosmetic consultation, or second-opinion visit. We are located on the west side of the historic town square in Pella, IA. Please see the map for directions.