Wednesday, August 1, 2012

POP QUIZ: Periodontal (Gum) Disease


1. Bleeding gums are not a sign of periodontal disease.

FALSE! Bleeding gums when you brush or floss is a sign of inflammation and is an indicator of periodontal disease.

2. Periodontal disease can only be prevented by proper at-home oral care and seeing a dentist every six months for dental cleanings and oral exams.

TRUE! Remember: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! 

3. If I bleed when I floss I should stop because the floss is cutting my gums.

FALSE! Your gums are bleeding because they are inflamed and/or infected. The inflammation is your body's immune response to the plaque and bacteria that are multiplying under your gum line. 

4. Periodontal disease is a chronic infection that can lead to permanent bone and tooth loss.

TRUE! Once periodontal disease has passed a certain stage, destruction of bone in the jaw and eventual tooth loss are inevitable without proper professional care.

5. Individuals who smoke are less likely to get periodontal disease.

FALSE! Smokers are more at risk for periodontal disease. Also people who smoke may not even realize they have periodontal disease because they do not experience the same basic symptoms. Frequent tobacco use constricts the blood vessels in the mouth; therefore, bleeding gums are not always prevalent and periodontal disease may go undetected unless you see a dentist!

How did you score? For more information on periodontal disease please see our website:

If you are experiencing any red, swollen, tender and/or bleeding gums call us today for a periodontal evaluation!

New Patient Special
Periodontal Exam & Full-Mouth X-Rays
Exp: 12.31.2012


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