For Adults: Am I at Risk for Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease can be caused by bacteria that collect on teeth and in the space between the tooth and the gum. If left untreated, periodontal disease results in the destruction of the bone that supports the teeth. It is the major cause of tooth loss in adults.

The following questions may help you determine if you are at higher risk for periodontal disease:

1. Do you have diabetes that requires you to take insulin?
Yes     No 
2. Do you smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day?
Yes     No 
3. Do you have diabetes but are not required to take insulin?
Yes     No 
4. If you have been treated for periodontal disease, do you return to the dentist as often as recommended?
Yes     No 
5. Have you lost a tooth in the last three years due to periodontal disease?
Yes     No 
6. Do you have your teeth cleaned at least once a year by a dentist or a dental hygienist?
Yes     No 
7. Do you brush your teeth at least once a day?
Yes     No 
8. Do you clean between your teeth with dental floss or an interproximal brush at least once a day?
Yes     No 
9. Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth?
Yes     No 
10. Are you over 50 years old?
Yes     No 
11. Do your gums hurt when you brush or floss your teeth?
Yes     No 
12. Have you noticed your gums receding (shrinking)?
Yes     No 
13. Do sensitive teeth keep you from brushing as often as you'd like?
Yes     No 
 

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