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This article, part 1 of 2, provides a questionnaire to aid in the identification of people who are at a higher risk of developing gum disease.

This article, part 1 of 2, provides a questionnaire to aid in the identification of people who are at a higher risk of developing gum disease.

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  • 1. Periodontic Dentistry in Ft. Lauderdale: Knowing your Risk, PART 1This article, part 1 of 2, provides a questionnaire to aid in the identification of people who areat a higher risk of developing gum disease.Periodontic dentistry in Ft. Lauderdale is the dental field dedicated to the elimination ofdisease-causing bacteria in the oral cavity, with special emphasis upon the health of the softtissues surrounding the teeth; the gums. Gum disease is a pervasive problem in the UnitedStates in spite of all our advanced technology and sophisticated array of medicaltreatments. With studies constantly revealing the intimate relationships between thisterrible oral affliction and life-threatening diseases - including cardiovascular disease,respiratory disease, cancer and diabetes – now more than ever it is fundamental that weunderstand what puts our oral and general health at risk. Periodontic dentistry in Ft.Lauderdale generally makes use of a few indicators in the determining of a patient’s risk ofgum disease (www.drklevine.com). In this blog, part 1 of 2, we provide a questionnairedetailing some of these factors. Refer to part 2 to find out if you are a high risk candidate.Periodontic Dentistry in Ft. Lauderdale: Assessing Your Risk 1. How old are you? - Less than 40 years old: 0 points - Less than 60 years old: 1 point - More than 60 years old: 2 pointsAccording to research released by periodontic dentistry in Ft. Lauderdale, age plays animportant role in determining the risk for the development of gum disease. People in theirlate adulthood are especially vulnerable. 2. Do your gums frequently bleed when you brush, floss or eat certain foods? - Yes: 1 point - No: 0 pointsWhile bleeding gums can be caused by brushing too hard, they may also indicate thepresence of a chronic and acute bacterial infection of the soft tissues surrounding the teeth.
  • 2. If you have tried brushing softly and they continue to bleed, then you should seek theattention of a practicing professional in the field of periodontic dentistry in Ft. Lauderdale. 3. Do you smoke or chew tobacco? - Yes: 2 points - No: 0 pointsTobacco use is a leading cause of gum disease and can markedly increase your risk factor,even if you brush and floss regularly. 4. Do your teeth feel loose? - Yes: 2 point - No: 0 pointsAccording to periodontic dentistry in Ft. Lauderdale, gum disease migrates deep down intothe gingival sulci (or tooth sockets) and destroys the fibers, ligaments and supporting bonetissue that hold your teeth in place. Loose teeth are a good indicator of an uncheckedbacterial infection that has become acute and requires prompt treatment. 5. Are your gums constantly inflamed and swollen or have they receded from your teeth making them look longer? - Yes: 2 points - No: 0 pointsSwollen or receding gums are another important indicator of periodontal disease andshould not be ignored. While there are other oral conditions that can lead to either of these,it is important that you seek immediate attention from a specialist in periodontic dentistryin Ft. Lauderdale to be certain (www.drklevine.com).Periodontic Dentistry in Ft. Lauderdale: Stay TunedTo determine your risk of gum disease, answer the remaining five questions in our nextblog…