Gum disease is one of the most common health problems in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 50% of Americans over the age of 30 suffer from periodontal disease; more than 70% of Americans over age 65 have the condition. Despite the widespread occurrence of gum disease, however, most people know very little about the disorder. To learn more about gum disease or to find out if you exhibit symptoms, take our quiz, courtesy of your dentist in Rochester, MN.
Rochester Gum Disease Quiz
- True or False: Gingivitis and gum disease are the same thing.
- True or False: Only people with poor dental hygiene suffer from gum disease.
- True or False: Gum disease can lead to tooth loss.
Check Your Answers
- True and False. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease, and if caught early, can be treated and cured. However, if left untreated, gingivitis will likely advance to full gum disease. Gingivitis occurs when the gum tissue around the teeth becomes inflamed, and symptoms include minor gum irritation, redness, and possible bleeding. Sometimes the symptoms are so minor that only an experienced dentist will notice them. Periodontal disease occurs when the deeper gum tissue and underlying bone structure become inflamed or infected.
- False. Although poor dental hygiene can be a factor in the development of gum disease, many people with excellent dental habits suffer from this condition. Patients who have diseases such as HIV, cancer, and diabetes are often diagnosed with gum disease. Additionally, hormonal changes such as those that occur during pregnancy or menopause can trigger the development of gum disease. Finally, certain medications can cause dry mouth and the development of periodontitis.
- True. Gum disease causes pockets of bacteria to develop in the gums. Eventually the gums will begin to pull away from the teeth, and as the bacteria continues to grow, it will eat away at more and more of the gum tissue. As these pockets become larger, teeth may become loose or even fall out. In addition to missing teeth, advanced gum disease can even cause diminished jaw bone structure.
Fortunately, if you suffer from gum disease, Calgano Family Dentistry offers effective treatment for this disorder, including deep cleaning, mouth rinses, and antibiotics. Early treatment for gum disease is the best way to save your teeth and to ensure a complete recovery.
About Dr. Calcagno:
Dr. Gilly Calcagno is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Minnesota Dental Association, and is active in local dental implant study clubs. To schedule a consultation, call Calcagno Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry today at (507) 281-3659.