You can check your self for the warning signs of periodontal diseases. However, you can have periodontal disease with no symptoms. In fact, most people experience no pain or symptoms until it is too late. That is why it is so important for your dental professional to include periodontal measurements as part of every dental examination. Periodontal diseases affect three out of four people at some point in life. More than half of all adults have some form of periodontal disease. Children and teenagers are also susceptible. So who should be examined for periodontal disease? EVERYONE! To see if you might be at risk for periodontal disease, answer yes or no to questions 1 through 16 below.
Do your gums bled during brushing?
Are your gums red or swollen?
Have your gums pulled away from your teeth?
Do you notice pus between the teeth and gum?
Do you have persistent bad breath?
Are your teeth loose and separating?
Has there been a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite?
Has there been a change in the fit of your partial dentures?
Do you have missing teeth?
Do you show too much gum when you smile?
Are some of your teeth too long or too short?
Do you smoke or chew tobacco?
Are you diabetic?
Are you under unusual stress?
Do you have heart disease?
Did your mother or father lose their teeth?
You should contact Dr. Zablotsky if you have any of these conditions or notice any of these symptoms. If you do not know the state of your periodontal health, you should ask.
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