Periodontal Disease Self-Evaluation

Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adult dental patients and should be taken seriously. Many patients with this condition do not know it until symptoms progress to advanced stages of disease.

Prior to taking the self-test, it's important to note that women are generally more prone to periodontal disease due to hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Additionally, the risk of developing the disease tends to rise with age. Smokers should be aware that their condition may result in slower healing, deeper gum pockets, accelerated bone loss, and increased tartar buildup compared to non-smokers.

This self-test is not intended as a substitute for dental advice or a comprehensive periodontal assessment. Instead, being able to identify common risk factors related to gum disease helps individuals understand the importance of seeking an evaluation by their dental health professional.

Do your teeth and gums bleed during brushing and flossing?

Bleeding is a common indication of periodontal disease. If you experience unexplained bleeding during brushing and flossing, it is important to seek prompt attention from a healthcare professional as it could be a sign of an underlying issue.

Do you have loose or wobbly teeth?

Periodontal disease is the result of bacterial infection that affects the soft tissue and supporting structures around the teeth. Over time, this infection can damage the bone and soft tissue, leading to weakened tooth attachment and potential tooth mobility, shifting, or even loss.

Are your teeth suddenly looking longer?

Gum recession serves as a clear and visible indicator of periodontal disease. If you notice that your teeth appear longer than before, it could be a sign of receding gums caused by the deepening of periodontal pockets due to bacterial infection and debris buildup. Although some degree of gum recession is a natural part of the aging process, significant and rapid recession is often associated with underlying soft tissue problems resulting from periodontal disease.

Do you suffer from other health conditions?

Heart disease, high stress, diabetes, osteoporosis, and osteopenia have been linked to periodontal disease. Additionally, medications used to treat these conditions can make the gums more susceptible to the bacteria commonly present in the mouth.

Does anyone in your family have periodontal disease?

Despite a rigorous oral hygiene routine, 30% of the population may be genetically predisposed to developing gum disease. Periodontal disease can also be spread through bacteria found in saliva. When saliva is passed through common contact, couples and children are at additional risk for gum disease.

Have you had previous gum problems?

A personal history of gum problems significantly increases the risk of advanced periodontal disease. Maintaining good oral hygiene through daily brushing and flossing helps reduce harmful oral bacteria and minimize calculus formation. However, periodontal disease can progress silently without noticeable symptoms. Therefore, regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings twice a year are essential for early detection and better gum health. If you have identified yourself as being at risk or have further questions about periodontal disease, consult your oral health professional for treatment options and preventive measures to address soft tissue infection and prevent future gum problems.

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