Dental Health Quiz
1. If your gum bleeds, you have gum disease: True/False
2. Gingivitis, an early form of gum disease caused by the inadequate removal of plaque, is reversible: True/False
3. Healthy teeth and gums reflect your body’s overall health: True/False
4. Dentists recommend fluoride consumption for adults and children of all ages: True/False
1. False. It’s true that bleeding gums can be a symptom of Gingivitis—if they bleed easily and are accompanied by red and swollen gums. Apart from these are also some other major symptoms of the more advanced form of gum disease, periodontitis. But serious conditions such as leukaemia, a deficiency in vitamin K or platelet or bleeding disorders also can cause bleeding. Some pregnant women report bleeding gums caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy. If your gums bleed on a regular basis, or if the bleeding is severe, see your dentist.
2. True. If you’ve been diagnosed with gingivitis, don’t despair. Gingivitis can be reversed. You can fix the damage by brushing and flossing daily and see your dentist for a professional cleaning.
3. True. “The mouth can be a window to the body’s overall health”, says the American Dental Association. Signs of nutritional deficiencies, drug abuse, certain chronic diseases and other conditions often show up in the mouth. Research has also found that heart disease and stroke are both linked with periodontitis.
4. False. While fluoride is heralded as a leading cavity fighter, swallowing too much fluoride can cause tooth discoloration in young children. As a result, children younger than age 2 shouldn’t use fluoridated toothpaste. Children aged 2 and older need only a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste. In communities that do not have fluoride in the water supply, your dentist may recommend a fluoride supplement for children aged 6 months and sixteen years of age