Gum disease is talked about a lot even outside your periodontist’s office on television and in online articles. However, many people are still a little confused when it comes to understanding what the condition is, what causes it, and how to treat it.

Check your own knowledge of gum disease with this five-point true and false quiz:

1. Gum disease has no symptoms.

2. Gum disease can be treated at home.

3. Even advanced gum disease can be managed.

4.  Gum disease has been linked to systemic problems like heart disease and diabetes.

5. Very few people in the population have gum disease.


1. False.

Although the symptoms of gum disease vary per individual, most cases of gum disease start with mild indicators, such as bleeding gums, that get progressively worse over time. Traditionally, the warning signs of gum disease are fairly straightforward.

At our periodontal practice, we regularly see people with gum disease who have experienced swollen gums, reddening gums, tender gums, chronic halitosis (bad breath) and bleeding gums in Miami, FL.

2. False.

Because the bacteria at the core of gum disease are found deep in the periodontal pockets between the gums and teeth, only a trained dental professional can help manage or eliminate them. Therefore, anyone with gum disease should expect to regularly visit the periodontist. Of course, following proper home oral hygiene is a critical component of keeping gum disease from getting worse. If you notice bleeding gums when you brush and floss, contact your periodontist.

3. True.

Gum disease takes place in three stages. If a periodontist catches it in the first stage, gingivitis, it may be completely curable. During the second and third stages, both types of periodontitis, the gum disease will need to be managed for a lifetime.

4. True.

Several studies have shown a connection between the presence of gum disease and a higher incidence of systemic problems. In fact, gum disease has been linked with heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain types of cancers.

5. False.

Gum disease is surprisingly common. The American Academy of Periodontology estimates almost half of the people living in the United States have the condition at any given time.

This isn’t bad news, though. Because of its prevalence, periodontists have developed superb, proven, high-tech methods to help patients cure or manage the problem.

What was your score?

Want to know if your bleeding gums in Miami, FL, could be an indication of gum disease? Talk to us today about setting up a consultation.