Periodontal Peril! How much do you know about periodontitis?

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About This Quiz

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?

Periodontitis is a severe form of gum disease.

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

Gingivitis is gum inflammation and it is the mildest form of gum disease.

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

True. Periodontal disease is often also referred to as gum disease.

Which of the following is not a symptom of periodontitis?

Periodontitis causes bad breath, loose or shifting teeth and receding (as well as bleeding, swollen and tender) gums.

What is the leading cause of periodontitis?

While all of these options are associated with developing periodontitis, plaque is considered the number one cause of the disease.

What is plaque?

Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that covers the surfaces of our teeth.

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

A healthy mouth may have more than 350 different species of bacteria in it.

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

H. pylori is a bacteria in the stomach and has been linked to ulcers.

True or false: Periodontal disease only affects the gums.

False. Periodontal disease affects the teeth and the supporting tissues, bones and ligaments that help keep our teeth in our mouths.

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

It only takes two to three days for lingering plaque to turn into tartar.

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

Bacteria allowed to linger in the mouth will eat the sugars left over from the foods we eat and produce acid, which inflames the gums and causes tooth decay.

How many American adults have a form of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is pervasive: An estimated three out of every four American adults over the age of 35 have a form of it.

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

Good at-home oral hygiene includes brushing at least twice a day (preferably after meals and before going to bed), daily flossing and regular dental check-ups.

What tool is used to measure pocket depth?

Dentists use a periodontal probe to measure pocket depth in millimeters.

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

Scaling, root planing and antibiotics are all successful ways to slow or stop bacterial growth in early stages of periodontitis.

True or false: Periodontitis causes tooth loss.

True. Long-term untreated periodontitis leads to gum recession, bone loss and eventually tooth loss.

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

These spaces are called periodontal pockets -- they're pockets between teeth and gums that allow bacteria to spread deeply below the gumline.

What type of dentist specializes in treating gum diseases?

A periodontist specializes in treating diseases that affect the gums and their surrounding tissues and bone.

What size are periodontal pockets in a healthy mouth?

Pockets that are 3 millimeters or less are not uncommon and can be treated non-surgically, but pockets that grow just 1 to 2 millimeters deeper are areas of concern.

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

True. Periodontitis that goes untreated for a long time increases a person's risk of heart attack and stroke.

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