Quiz: What Bad Habits Can Lead To Gum Disease?

kania-gum-healthMany people assume gum disease is an issue that arises suddenly without cause. However, the truth is that our bad habits and lack of proper oral maintenance can lead to the onset of periodontal disease. By understanding the way our daily habits can endanger our smiles, we can take steps to protect our gums.

The Link Between Bad Habits and Gum Disease

  1. True or False: Smoking can worsen the disease.
  2. True or False: Not brushing and flossing puts your gums at risk.
  3. True or False: Routine dental cleanings are essential for you smile.
  4. True or False: Sudden changes to your gums could be a warning sign.

Answer Key

  1. True. Smoking or tobacco use can increase the risk of periodontitis, or the advanced stage of gum disease. In this stage, the patient experiences a greater risk of tooth loss. We urge patients to quit smoking in order to preserve their smile and avoid the risk of oral, lung, and throat cancer.
  2. True. When we don’t brush and floss, food particles remain on and between our teeth. Bacteria can break down the particles, elevating the levels of oral acidity and coating the teeth in layers of plaque. Soon, gums can become inflamed and the patient experience a greater risk of gum disease.
  3. True. A routine dental cleaning once every six months is the best way to control plaque buildup and protect your gums from gingivitis and gum disease.
  4. True. You should see your periodontitis if your gums suddenly feel uncomfortable or appear more red than usual. Bleeding, especially when brushing or floss, can also be an indicator of inflammation. We can diagnose the cause of your symptoms and if necessary, recommend treatment.


As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Ann M. Kania is specially qualified to diagnose and treat issues concerning periodontal tissue and the supportive structures of a patient’s smile, as well as place dental implants to restore teeth lost to dental disease or trauma. Dr. Kania also offers the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) for minimally-invasive, scalpel-free gum grafting. To seek Dr. Kania’s expertise, contact her office today at (760) 642-0711.