What Do You Know About Your Oral Health?

Oral Health Quiz Answers

  1. People with diabetes are at a higher risk for gum disease.

    True – Yes, people with diabetes are at a higher risk for gum disease and other dental problems. Diabetes may weaken your mouth’s germ-fighting powers and high blood glucose levels can help the gum disease get worse. At the same time, gum disease can make the diabetes harder to control.

  2. The only problem affecting gums and teeth for people with diabetes is gum disease.

    False - While gum disease is the most common problem, having diabetes also makes you prone to other mouth problems such as oral infections, thrush, poor healing and dry mouth. Remember, good dental health can create a healthy mouth and a smile that will last a lifetime.

  3. My blood glucose level, if poorly controlled, will not have any affect on developing gum disease.

    False – High blood glucose levels can also help the gum disease get worse. Like all infections, gum disease can be a factor in causing blood sugar to rise and make diabetes harder to control.

  4. I don’t need to tell both my dentist and hygienist that I have diabetes.

    False – People with diabetes have special needs. Keep your dentist and dental hygienist informed of any changes in your condition and any medication you might be taking. Postpone any non-emergency dental procedures if your blood sugar is not in good control.

  5. The goal of your daily brushing and flossing is to clean away plaque and the germs in your mouth.

    True – Gum disease starts with plaque, caused from build up of germs, food and saliva in your mouth. When plaque stays put, it hardens into tartar. If plaque and tartar are not cleaned away, even gentle brushing can cause your gums to bleed. This is called gingivitis – the first stage of gum disease.

  6. I may not be able to tell I have serious gum disease.

    True – often there are no signs of serious gum disease. You may not know you have it until you have some serious damage. Regular dental visits are your best weapon.

  7. The first stage of gum disease is called periodontitis.

    False - The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis and if ignored, can develop in the more severe form of gum disease, known as periodontitis. When this happens, you may need gum surgery to save your teeth.

  8. Bleeding gums and red, swollen, or tender gums are signs of gingivitis and/or gum disease.
    True – These are just some of the possible signs of gingivitis and/or gum disease. The other warning signs are:
    1. Gums that have pulled away from the teeth. 
    2. Puss between the teeth and gums (when you press on the gums)
    3. Bad breath 
    4. Permanent teeth that are loose or moving away from each other 
    5. Changes in the way your teeth fit when you bite 
    6. Changes in the fit of partial dentures or bridges 
    7. If you have any of the above, see your dentist.
  9. Gum disease is often painless.

    True - you may not even know you have it until you have some serious damage. Regular dentist visits are your best weapon.

  10. Only a small percentage of adults get gingivitis and gum disease during their lives.

    False – About 80% of adults will get gum disease at some point. It’s a lot more common than you think!

  11. Gum disease generally starts in your early 30’s.

    False - gum disease can start at any age. Children and teenagers who have diabetes are at greater risk than those who don’t have diabetes.

Thanks for taking the Oral Health Quiz.

  • Last Reviewed: September 18, 2012
  • Last Edited: January 22, 2014

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