Nothing but the Tooth: Root Planing and Scaling Quiz
Root planing and scaling can help treat gum disease without resorting to surgery, but what's involved in the procedure, and how can you avoid gum disease in the first place? Think you're an oral hygiene pro? Find out with our quiz!
Root planing and scaling: does this refer to one procedure or two?
What lifestyle factors contribute to gum disease?
eating acidic foods
Gum disease sufferers are more prone to which of these illnesses?
cold and flu
Which of these is not a method for root planing and scaling?
If root planing and scaling is ineffective for your gum disease, what else can your doctor do?
Is root planing and scaling painful?
Which of these can you expect to experience after your root planing and scaling?
soreness when you brush your teeth
discharge from your gums
an “earthy” taste in your mouth
Which is NOT a risk associated with root planing and scaling?
bacteria in your bloodstream
What is scaling?
resizing your teeth
improving tooth density
a cleaning process
What is root planing?
cleaning your tooth's root with a tool called a “planer”
cleaning underneath fillings to prevent cavities
sanding down the tooth and its root
Why do researchers think that gum disease is correlated with higher risk for stroke and heart attack?
Bacteria from your teeth damage your heart and brain.
Inflammation taxes your immune system.
Poor overall hygiene damages your internal organs.
How does your dentist prevent gum infection after root planing and scaling?
a course of antibiotics
prescription floss and toothpaste
Which of these is a symptom of gum disease?
What is the medical term for gum disease?
both of the above
Which of these illnesses increases your risk for gum disease?
Does mouthwash prevent gum disease?
Why do some patients find the ultrasonic method less uncomfortable?
The ultrasonic tools work on the outside of your gums.
The ultrasonic tools contain a numbing agent.
The ultrasonic tools require less force to remove plaque.
Is root planing and scaling similar to a root canal?
When are you at higher risk for developing gum disease?