Despite the fact that millions of adults exhibit the symptoms of gum disease, most people still have a poor understanding of this dental health problem. Few know just how preventable periodontal disease can be. With the right information, you can make the decisions necessary to keep your smile healthy and whole.

Gum Disease Prevention Quiz

  1. True or False: A variety of factors can lead to periodontal disease.
  2. True or False: Patients with gum issues may report multiple symptoms.
  3. True or False: Routine homecare can aid in prevention.
  4. True or False: Dental cleanings are essential for avoiding periodontal disease.

Answer Key

  1. True. Gum disease forms as a result of gum inflammation. Chronic illness, certain medications, and hormonal fluctuations can all increase the risk of developing this disease. However, poor oral hygiene is one of the most common causes, as plaque buildup can lead to inflammation as well.
  1. True. Common warning signs of periodontal disease may include sore gums that bleed easily. Patients may also notice receding gums, bad breath, and loose teeth. Without treatment, periodontitis (advanced gum disease) can cause the connective tissue between the teeth and gums to deteriorate, leading to adult tooth loss.
  1. True. To reduce plaque buildup, you should always practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once. Routine oral care helps remove bacteria and stray food particles from your smile, two major factors behind plaque buildup.
  1. True. While brushing and flossing are vital, they cannot remove plaque completely. For that, you will need a dental cleaning. During a cleaning, our hygienists will remove plaque using either a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler. Regular cleanings can help you avoid the symptoms of gum disease completely. 


Located in Brighton, MA, Brighton Family Dental Group features experienced dentists and an excellent range of in-office treatments for every member of your family who needs dental care. If you’d like to learn more, you can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Thomas Villani or Dr. Richard Kondrat by calling our office at (617) 562-5210.