Gum disease affects millions of people in the United States. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, almost half of people over the age of 30 exhibit the symptoms of periodontal disease. In the advanced stages, this disease can hurt the health and appearance of your smile. How do you avoid gum disease?

Temecula, CA Gum Disease Quiz

1. True or False: Inflammation can cause gum disease.

2. True or False: There are a number of possible warning signs.

3. True or False: Without treatment, dental disease can lead to tooth loss.

4. True or False: We can often treat the issue with a deep cleaning.

Answer Key

1. True. Gum inflammation can cause them to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets at the gum line. When this happens bacteria can infiltrate the exposed pockets and cause gum disease. Inflammation can be the result of plaque buildup, certain medications, chronic illness, hormonal fluctuations, and family history.

2. True. Common symptoms include bleeding when brushing or flossing, receding or sore gums, gums that appear red, bad breath, and loose teeth. If any of these potential warning signs sound familiar then please see a dental professional right away for a diagnosis.

3. True. Over time, gum disease enters the advanced stage, also known as periodontitis. When this occurs the tissue that connects the gums and teeth may dissolve, leading to adult tooth loss.

4. True. A deep cleaning allows our team to use ultrasonic scaling and root planing to remove plaque from the teeth and the root surface. This reduces inflammation and allows the gums to heal and once more adhere to the teeth. To avoid the disease we recommend having a routine cleaning conduced once every six months and to always brush and floss regularly. If you have any questions or concerns about avoiding periodontal disease then please contact our office today.


With offices throughout Riverside Country, including Corona, Temecula, and Moreno Valley, Riverside Dental Group is happy to provide advanced general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services to patients of all ages. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call our office today at (951) 689-5031.