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Are you familiar with the signs and symptoms of gum disease? Because there are several visual clues to let you know of its presence, it can be detected if you know where to look. However, are you also familiar with the risk factors that cause gum disease to develop in the first place? If you are not, it is important to understand what they are to better care for your smile and prevent the disease from developing. For more information on gum disease risk factors, take the following quiz:

Question 1: What is gum disease?
A: a condition caused by discolored teeth
B: a progressive disease that causes infections in your gum tissue.
C: tooth enamel wear
D: none of the above

Question 2: Which of the following is a risk factor for gum disease?
A: poor oral hygiene
B: a poor diet
C: a failure to visit your dentist for frequent examinations and professional cleanings
D: all of the above

Question 3: Which of the following is a typical treatment that can be used for gum disease?
A: teeth whiteners
B: plaque prevention and elimination by brushing and flossing every single day
C: mouth guards
D: both a and c

Question 4: Which of the following prevention techniques can lower your risk for gum disease?
A: avoid smoking and chewing tobacco and the use of drugs
B: stay away from medications that produce dry mouth as a side effect
C: eliminate acidic products from your diet
D: all of the above

Answer Key:
B, D, B, D

If you are seeking treatment for gum disease prevention, we are here to help you. For a thorough assessment of your risk for gum disease, please contact Monroe Family Dentistry to set up an appointment with Dr. Dull, Dr. Zemke and our team at our office in Monroe, Michigan, by calling us at 734-241-6550.