Periodontal Disease Quiz from San Diego Periodontist

Encinitas periodontist, Dr. Ann Kania challenges you to a quiz, testing your knowledge of gum disease. See how much you know about the symptoms of periodontal disease, treatments for gum disease, and other periodontal facts. You can check your answers by clicking “Read More”.

Q1. What is another name for the beginning stages of gum disease?

A. Periodontitis

B. Gingivitis

C. Cavities

D. None of the above


Q2. Which of the following is a symptom of gingivitis?

A. Deep red or purple gums

B. Swollen or sensitive gums

C. Gum bleeding, especially during brushing

D. All of the above


Q3. Which of the following is a symptom of severe gum disease?

A. Periodontal pockets

B. Tooth loss

C. Chronic bad breath

D. All of the above


Q4. Which of the following may be an effective treatment for periodontal disease?

A. Filling

B. Scaling and root planing

C. Root canal treatment

D. Digital X-rays

Periodontal Disease Quiz Answers

A1. B—Gingivitis is a beginning form of gum disease. Periodontitis is a severe stage of gum disease. Cavities are tooth decay, a different infection.

A2. D—All of the above are symptoms of gingivitis. If you notice your gums appear dark in coloration, feel sensitive to the touch, or if your gums bleed during brushing, you may have gingivitis. Contact our periodontist in Encinitas, Dr. Ann Kania immediately for periodontal care to stop gum disease from worsening.

A3. D—All of the above are symptoms of periodontitis or severe gum disease. During this stage, infected gums may recede from your teeth, making them loose in their sockets. Periodontal pockets form between the teeth and gums, collecting bacteria and plaque. As a result of the infection, odor-causing bacteria can create chronic bad breath.

A4. B—Scaling and root planing, also called deep cleaning, is one treatment for gum disease. Our Encinitas periodontist uses laser therapy in conjunction with deep cleaning. This procedure removes infection from periodontal pockets and encourages gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth root.

Periodontist in Encinitas

If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, it is important that you receive the treatment necessary to preserve your health. Many people have gum disease and experience no symptoms.  Dr Kania will determine your diagnosis.  To schedule an appointment at our Encinitas periodontal office, call us at (706) 642-0711. We serve patients from Encinitas, San Diego, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, La Costa, and all neighboring communities.