Preventive Patient Education

General Information & Overview

Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults today. It is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth, which is caused by bacteria found in dental plaque. This disease may give you a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Often, symptoms and pain are not present until the disease becomes advanced. Swollen and bleeding gums are signs that your gums may be infected with bacteria. The early stage is called gingivitis, which affects more than 50% of the population. If gingivitis remains untreated, it can spread within your mouth and lead to advanced periodontitis. Eventually, your teeth will become loose, and they will need to be extracted.

To prevent periodontal disease, it is imperative to take proper care of your teeth and gums. Also, the daily use of an antibacterial mouthwash helps to keep periodontal disease away.

Self-Assessment Quiz

Take this self-assessment quiz to see if you are one of them. If you answer “yes” to three or more of the following questions, call our office promptly. Periodontal disease is controllable, so we can work with you to manage the control and treatment of the disease.

  • 1. Are your gums read or swollen?
  • 2. Do your gums bleed when brushing and/or flossing?
  • 3. Are your gums pulling away from your teeth or receding?
  • 4. Have you recently lost a tooth?
  • 5. Have you noticed a change in the way your teeth fit together?
  • 6. Do your teeth appear to be loosening?
  • 7. Do you have persistent bad breath?
  • 8. Do you smoke?
  • 9. Are you pregnant?
  • 10. Do you have diabetes?
  • 11. Are you under a large amount of stress?
  • 12. Are you taking any oral contraceptives?
  • 13. Do you grind or clench your teeth?
  • 14. Is it difficult for you to chew food?