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Nothing but the Tooth: Root Planing and Scaling Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • one
  • two

What lifestyle factors contribute to gum disease?

  • smoking
  • alcohol consumption
  • eating acidic foods

Gum disease sufferers are more prone to which of these illnesses?

  • cold and flu
  • allergies
  • stroke

Which of these is not a method for root planing and scaling?

  • mechanical
  • magnetic
  • ultrasonic

If root planing and scaling is ineffective for your gum disease, what else can your doctor do?

  • surgery
  • dentures
  • antibiotic implants

Is root planing and scaling painful?

  • yes
  • no
  • it depends

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?

  • lost teeth
  • gum infection
  • 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
  • antibiotic threads

Which of these is a symptom of gum disease?

  • dry mouth
  • bad breath
  • receding gums

What is the medical term for gum disease?

  • gingivitis
  • periodontitis
  • both of the above

Which of these illnesses increases your risk for gum disease?

  • flu
  • diabetes
  • asthma

Does mouthwash prevent gum disease?

  • yes
  • no

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?

  • yes
  • no

When are you at higher risk for developing gum disease?

  • when you're pregnant
  • at ages 30-45
  • if you're going through a major life change

Can gum disease cause you to lose teeth?

  • yes
  • no