We all know that gum disease can lead to a multiple uncomfortable symptoms, including gums that appear red or bleed easily. However, there is also a link between gum disease and bone loss. In the advanced stages, periodontal disease can lead to serious complications, including the potential for tooth loss and even bone loss.

Bone Loss and Gum Disease Quiz

1. True or False: Advanced gum disease is known as periodontitis.

2. True or False: Periodontitis can cause adult tooth loss.

3. True or False: Losing teeth can cause the loss of bone tissue.

4. True or False: There are a number of warning signs to watch for.

Answer Key

1. True. There are essentially three stages of periodontal problems. The first is gingivitis, which occurs when the gums become inflamed. Patients experience discomfort, including soreness or bleeding. Once pockets form at the gum line as a result of untreated gingivitis, the issue progresses into gum disease. At this stage, deep cleaning and improved oral hygiene can often manage the disease. However, without treatment patients may soon face periodontitis.

2. True. Once the disease enters the advanced stages, the connective tissue between the teeth and gums may begin to deteriorate. As a result, teeth become loose and may eventually fall out.

3. True. Once you lose a tooth the body immediately takes note of the missing tooth root. In response, the body stops supplying the jawbone surrounding the lost teeth with doses of calcium and phosphorus. Without these nutrients, the jawbone dissolves causing bone loss. Over time, bone loss can lead to facial collapse and further tooth loss.

4. True. You should seek treatment as soon as you notice the warning signs of gum disease. Symptoms to watch for include soreness, red gums, bleeding when brushing or flossing, chronic bad breath, and receding gums.


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