My gums hurt. How can I know if I have periodontal disease?

Take a Self-Evaluation Quiz To See If You Have Periodontal Disease

Periodontal diseases are serious bacterial infections that destroy attachment fibers and supporting bone that hold teeth in the mouth. Approximately 15 % of adults between 21-50 and 30% of adults over 50 have this disease.

You may not realize that persistent swollen, red or bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity, and bad breath are warning signs of periodontal (gum) disease — a serious infection that, left untreated, can lead to tooth loss.


Test 1

Jot down your answers to the following questions to find out if you have the symptoms of periodontal disease.

Do you ever have pain in your mouth?

Do your gums ever bleed when you brush your teeth or when you eat hard food?

Have you noticed any spaces developing between your teeth?

Do your gums ever feel swollen or tender?

Have you noticed that your gums are receding (pulling back from your teeth) or your teeth appear longer than before?

Do you have persistent bad breath?

Have you noticed pus between your teeth and gums?

Have you noticed any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite?

Do you ever develop sores in your mouth?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you may have symptoms of periodontal disease, so take action to protect your gums and your health and call us today.

Test 2

Are you at Risk for Periodontal Disease?

Do you have diabetes that requires you to take insulin? if yes add 20 pts

Do you smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day? if yes add 20 pts

Do you have diabetes but are not required to take insulin? if yes add 10 pts

If you have been treated for gum disease and visit a dentist regularly? if no add 10pts

Have you lost a tooth in the last 3 years due to gum disease?if yes add 9 pts

Do have your teeth cleaned at least ONCE a year? if no add 7 pts

Do you brush your teeth at least once a day? if no add 4pts

Do you floss at least once a day? if no add 4 pts

Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth? if yes add 4 pts

Are you over 50 years old? if yes add 4 pts

Do your gums hurt when you brush or floss your teeth? if yes add 3 pts

Have you noticed your gums shrinking? if yes add 3 pts

Do sensitive teeth keep you from brusing more often? if yes add 2 pts

Now total up your points: _________________pts

If you score is 15 points or more you may be at higher risk for developing gum disease. You should see your dentist and discuss your self assessment with him/her.

According to United States Government statistics periodontal disease affects 75% of our adult population!

Test courtesy of: American Academy of Periodontology

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees children and adults in Culver City and serves the greater Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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