The Ultimate Bleeding Gums Quiz
by Staff
How often do your gums bleed? If it’s more than once in awhile, you might be fighting plaque or gingivitis! Take this quiz to find out how much you know about the causes, concerns and symptoms of bleeding gums.

Which vitamin is the most important to prevent bleeding gums?

  • vitamin A
  • vitamin C
  • vitamin K

How often should you floss?

  • once a day
  • twice a day
  • every other day

What is the best choice for your toothbrush?

  • Any toothbrush will do.
  • Choose one with soft bristles.
  • The harder the better.

If your gums bleed, you may have gum disease.

  • True
  • False
  • Maybe, but it has nothing to do with bloody gums.

What percentage of American adults over 35 suffer from gum disease?

  • 25 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 75 percent

What stress hormone can affect your gum health?

  • estrogen
  • testosterone
  • cortisol

What common household poison can cause bleeding gums?

  • bug spray
  • rat poison
  • ant traps

How often should you visit your dentist for a cleaning?

  • twice a year
  • every other year
  • once a year

What should you do first if your gums won't stop bleeding?

  • rinse with mouthwash
  • brush harder
  • apply pressure with a cool compress

What disease does not have bleeding gums as a symptom?

  • leukemia
  • idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
  • strep throat

Exposure to what element can cause bleeding gums?

  • silver
  • mercury
  • boron

What is the most common cause of bleeding gums?

  • genetics
  • poisoning
  • poor dental hygiene

Pregnancy gingivitis, which is a fluctuation in hormone levels during pregnancy, is at its peak during which trimester?

  • first
  • second
  • third

Quitting what habit can greatly improve your dental health and put you at a lower risk of bleeding gums?

  • drinking
  • nail biting
  • smoking

What color are healthy gums?

  • red
  • coral pink
  • pale pink

Plaque, the sticky stuff which builds up on your teeth and can cause gum disease, is made up of what?

  • bacteria
  • mucus
  • both of the above

Bleeding gums are commonly the result of:

  • using the wrong kind of toothpaste
  • brushing too hard
  • both of the above

What organ is often damaged by advanced-stage bleeding gums?

  • lungs
  • brain
  • heart

When your gums are irritated, what is the best rinsing agent?

  • a mouthwash with alcohol
  • salt water
  • cold water

Your gums may bleed if you start flossing regularly.

  • True
  • False
  • Sort of: This only happens if you are a former regular flosser.