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The Ultimate Periodontal Disease Quiz
by Staff
Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is an infection that can potentially lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Do you know the ins and outs of identifying and fighting this condition? Find out by taking this quiz!

What causes periodontal disease?

  • sugar
  • bacteria
  • bad breath

Which condition is the most serious?

  • gingivitis
  • aggressive periodontitis
  • chronic periodontitis

Which group has the lowest risk for periodontal disease?

  • pregnant women
  • people on antidepressants
  • people who live low-stress lives

Which condition can be reversed with daily flossing and brushing?

  • gingivitis
  • periodontitis
  • necrotizing periodontal disease

Which of the following is NOT a risk factor for periodontal disease?

  • a low-carb diet
  • hormonal changes in girls and women
  • stress

Which of the following is NOT a warning sign of periodontal disease?

  • red, swollen or tender gums.
  • pounding headache
  • persistent bad breath.

Which of the following is the No. 1 sign of gum disease?

  • red, swollen or tender gums
  • receding gums
  • persistent bad breath

What percentage of the population has a genetic predisposition to be afflicted by gum disease?

  • 30 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 90 percent

Which overall health problem is not linked to gum disease?

  • obesity
  • preterm delivery of babies
  • stroke

What is the No. 1 cause of tooth loss?

  • cavities
  • trauma
  • periodontal disease

Which of the following groups has the best track record for oral care?

  • women
  • men
  • children

During which life stage are women at the lowest risk of developing periodontal disease?

  • late puberty
  • pregnancy
  • menopause

What is the No. 1 tool to employ in fighting periodontal disease?

  • a traditional toothbrush
  • dental floss
  • an electronic toothbrush

Which statement about the oral health of older adults is false?

  • one in four people older than 65 have lost all their teeth.
  • half of noninstitutionalized people over 55 have periodontitis.
  • tooth loss for older adults is inevitable.

Which side effect of common medications can contribute to periodontal disease?

  • drowsiness
  • bad taste
  • dry mouth

Which respiratory condition has not been connected to patients with poor oral health?

  • pneumonia
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • nasal allergies

What is the most basic type of treatment used to fight periodontitis?

  • scaling and root planing
  • antibiotics
  • dental implants

If your gums recede, what method might a doctor employ to improve the problem?

  • scaling and root planing
  • soft tissue graft
  • a jaw transplant

Which method for replacing lost teeth do most dental professionals prefer?

  • bridges
  • dentures
  • implants

Which professionals should you employ to fight periodontal disease?

  • a dentist
  • a periodontist
  • both a dentist and a periodontist