The Gum Disease Quiz, from Your Des Moines Dentist

Although it is not given as much attention as some of the more illustrious chronic diseases among us, gum disease is one of the most wide-spread afflictions in the country, perhaps the world. Over 80% of adults in America have the disease in some form or another (mild to severe). The destruction of unchecked gum disease can spread throughout your gums and into your jawbone, destroying all of your teeth’s supporting structures. To help raise awareness of the silent epidemic, Des Moines dentist Dr. Stephen Burds quizzes your knowledge of gum disease.

Gum Disease Quiz—Questions

Which of the following is NOT a symptom of gum disease?

a. Tooth sensitivity

b. Swollen and bleeding gums

c. Foul breath

  d. Weight loss

Gum disease has many resounding consequences. Which of the following is NOT caused by gum disease?

a. Sinus infection

b. Tooth loss

c. Jawbone destruction

d. Gum recession

What is the best way to cure gum disease?

a. Chemotherapy

b. Aspirin

  c. Antibiotics

d. Gum disease is incurable

What is the best way to prevent gum disease?

a. Good oral hygiene

b. Periodontal therapy at your dental checkup

  c. Stop smoking, or don’t start

d. All of the above

Gum Disease Quiz—Answers

D) Sensitive teeth, inflamed gums, and chronic bad breath are all symptoms of gum disease. If weight loss does accompany gum disease, speak with your physician to determine why.

A) As gum disease progresses, your gums recede, losing their secure grasp on your teeth and leading to tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss in America. Sinus infections, however, are not caused by diseased gums.

D) Once it fully develops, gum disease is incurable. It is, however, highly treatable with a personal periodontal treatment plan prescribed by Dr. Burds.

D) All of the above. Gum disease begins with excessive bacterial accumulation, which leads to infection. Keeping your mouth clean is the best prevention method. Smoking has also been shown to increase instances of gum disease because the toxins in tobacco can damage the cells of soft oral tissue.

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To learn more, or to seek treatment for your gum disease, contact our 50309 dental office by calling (515) 344-4131 to schedule an appointment today. We welcome patients from Des Moines and all neighboring communities.