Be honest: When was the last time you had a dental cleaning? What may seem like only a minor procedure can actually protect your smile from a number of dental health issues. In fact, regular oral maintenance can actually reduce your risk of developing gum disease. Find out how you can potentially prevent gum disease with a dental cleaning.

Gum Disease and Dental Cleaning Quiz

  1. True or False: You should have a cleaning at least twice a year.
  2. True or False: Routine cleanings can brighten your smile.
  3. True or False: This procedure completely removes plaque from the teeth.
  4. True or False: Patients with gum disease may exhibit multiple symptoms.
  5. True. The American Dental Association recommends adults have their teeth cleaned at least once every six months. Should a patient be at risk of developing periodontal disease, the dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings.
  6. True. Part of the process involves polishing your teeth. In addition to giving your teeth a smooth finish, this also brightens your smile. Routine dental care can actually go a long way towards maintaining a healthy, attractive smile.
  7. True. In many cases, patients develop periodontal disease due to plaque buildup, which irritates he gums and causes inflammation. Brushing and flossing your teeth alone cannot adequately remove plaque from your teeth. With our preventive treatment, we will erase plaque using either a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler. This reduces your risk of developing gum problems.
  8. True. You should be aware of the common symptoms of gum disease. By recognizing the symptoms, you can schedule a visit to diagnosis and treat the issue before the disease progresses. Common warning signs include gums that feel sore, appear red, or bleed easily. Patients may also encounter receding gums and in cases of advanced dental disease, loose teeth.

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