Periodontal Peril! How much do you know about periodontitis?
by Staff
Periodontitis is one of those diseases you may have without even realizing it. Test your knowledge of the causes and symptoms in our Periodontitis Explained quiz.

What is periodontitis?

  • a form of gum disease
  • a stage of oral cancer
  • a type of Herpes simplex virus

In addition to periodontitis, which of the following is also a form of gum disease?

  • glossitis
  • gingivitis
  • neuritis

True or false: Gum disease and periodontal disease are the same.

  • true
  • false

Which of the following is not a symptom of periodontitis?

  • receding gums
  • loose or shifting teeth
  • a problem swallowing
  • bad breath

What is the leading cause of periodontitis?

  • plaque
  • bruxism
  • diabetes
  • poor diet

What is plaque?

  • a form of gum disease
  • bacteria
  • an infection at the center of the tooth

How many types of bacteria normally live inside a healthy mouth?

  • less than 150
  • 250
  • more than 350

Which of the following type of bacteria is not linked to periodontal disease?

  • P. gingivalis
  • C. Rectus
  • H. pylori

True or false: Periodontal disease only affects the gums.

  • true
  • false

If you stopped brushing and flossing, how long would it take for plaque to harden into tartar on your teeth?

  • 24 hours
  • two to three days
  • seven to 10 days

What does the bacteria in plaque produce if it's left to linger along the gum line?

  • sugar
  • acid
  • mucus

How many American adults have a form of periodontal disease?

  • one out of four
  • two out of four
  • three out of four

What is the best way to prevent gingivitis, the pre-cursor to periodontitis?

  • brush at least twice a day
  • floss daily
  • see a dentist for regular six-month cleanings and exams
  • all of the above

What tool is used to measure pocket depth?

  • a periodontal scale
  • a periodontal probe
  • a hand scaler

Which of the following is a non-surgical treatment for periodontitis?

  • scaling
  • root planing
  • topical antibiotics
  • all of the above

True or false: Periodontitis causes tooth loss.

  • true
  • false

What are the spaces that form between teeth and gums because the gum has pulled away from the tooth called?

  • periodontal membrane
  • periodontal pockets
  • tooth abscess
  • dentin

What type of dentist specializes in treating gum diseases?

  • endodontist
  • pedodontist
  • periodontist
  • prosthodontist

What size are periodontal pockets in a healthy mouth?

  • 5 millimeters or less
  • 3 millimeters or less
  • less than 1 millimeter

True or false: Chronic untreated periodontitis may lead to an increased risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke.

  • true
  • false