Rochester Dentist Raises Awareness for Gum Disease Symptoms and Treatment

Our team at Calcagno Cosmetic & Family Dentistry has found that many of our patients and members of our community are unaware of the oral health threats that gum disease presents. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and our team believe that patient education is an important component of preventive dentistry and allows our patients to recognize potential oral health problems before they advance to more serious conditions. How much do you know about gum disease, its symptoms, and treatment? Feel free to take our gum disease assessment quiz to learn more.

Gum Disease Knowledge Quiz

Q1.  Gingivitis is the clinical term for the early stages of gum disease. True/False

Q2. Which of the symptoms below are commonly associated with gum disease?

  • Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing
  • Recession of the gum line
  • Gums that appear red or purple
  • All of the above

Q3. Periodontitis (advanced gum disease) is an irreversible medical condition. True/ False

Q4. Which of the following can result from severe gum disease?

  • Tooth loss
  • Facial bone destruction
  • Widespread infection
  • All of the above

Q5. Advanced gum disease is only treated with antibiotics. True/False

Answers:

Q1. True – Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease when the gum tissue first becomes inflamed and infected.

Q2.  All of the above – Many patients detect the onset of gum disease with symptoms such as bleeding gums, recession of the gum line, and discoloration of the gum tissue.

Q3. True – Periodontitis is an irreversible condition that must be managed with professional deep cleanings.

Q4. All of the above – Advanced gum disease can destroy a patient’s oral health. The infection erodes bones and teeth.

Q5. False – Although antibiotics may be prescribed to reduce the presence of infection, gum disease is most commonly treated with deep cleanings procedures such as root planing and scaling.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gilly Calcagno, contact our Rochester dentist office at (507) 281-3659. We serve patients from Red Wing, St. Charles, Farmington, Hastings, and the neighboring Rochester communities.