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Periodontal Disease Self-Evaluation

Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adult dental patients and should be taken seriously. Many patients with this condition do not know it until symptoms progress to advanced stages of disease.

Before you begin the following self-test, it’s important to know that, in general, women are at greater risk for developing periodontal disease because of hormone changes during puberty, pregnancy and menopause. The chances of developing periodontal disease also increase with age. If you smoke, you should be aware that you may experience slower healing, deeper gum pockets, faster bone loss and more calculus (tartar) deposits on the teeth than non-smokers.

This self-test is not intended as a substitute for dental advice or a comprehensive periodontal assessment. Instead, being able to identify common risk factors related to gum disease helps individuals understand the importance of seeking an evaluation by their dental health professional.

Do your teeth and gums bleed during brushing and flossing?

Bleeding is one of the most common general symptoms of periodontal disease. Unexplained bleeding while brushing and flossing teeth is a sure sign something is amiss and needs prompt attention by a health professional.

Do you have loose or wobbly teeth?

Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that infect soft tissue and damage supporting structures around teeth over time. As bone and soft tissue are compromised due to infection, the teeth become less firmly attached and may wobble, shift or fall out completely.

Are your teeth suddenly looking longer?

Gum recession is a highly visible warning sign of periodontal disease. If teeth appear longer than before, gums may be receding as bacteria and debris deepen periodontal pockets around teeth. While some gum recession is expected as we age, soft tissue problems resulting from periodontal disease cause significant and quick recession.

Do you suffer from other health conditions?

Heart disease, high stress, diabetes, osteoporosis and osteopenia are all linked to periodontal disease. Medications taken for these illnesses can also render the gums more sensitive to bacteria commonly found in the mouth.

Does anyone in your family have periodontal disease?

Despite a rigorous oral hygiene routine, 30% of the population may be genetically predisposed to developing gum disease. Periodontal disease can also be spread through bacteria found in saliva. When saliva is passed through common contact, couples and children are at additional risk for gum disease.

Have you had previous gum problems?

A personal history of gum problems, such as general soft tissue irritation and inflammation, increases the risk of advanced periodontal disease six fold.

Daily brushing and flossing reduces amounts of harmful oral bacteria and keeps calculus formation to a minimum. However, periodontal disease can progress without any noticeable symptoms, so it is essential to get a dental check-up and professional cleaning twice a year. This professional cleaning removes tartar and assists in maintaining better gum health over time.

If you have completed the self-test and found yourself to be at risk or have more questions regarding periodontal disease, please ask your oral health professional about treatment for soft tissue infection and how to prevent additional gum problems.

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Dr. Lois is extremely patient and professional. I generally dread my dental appointments, but after seeing Dr. Lois, I feel very comfortable.
I had two fillings to do and was scared of pain involved in the procedure. She eased me into it with some smooth jazz and distracted me while she numbed my gums. I hardly realized how time flew and before I knew it, I was on my way out with a smile on my face. I have had two appointments for cleaning before this, and those went pretty smooth too. She generally doesn't do the cleanings herself (she did my first though), but I remember her hygienists being quite good.I highly recommend Dr. Lois to anyone who wants a pain-free and gentle treatment.

Sam D.

I have been a patient of Dr. Wilson for more than a decade and she is the best dentist with whom I have ever been affiliated: consummately professional, extremely knowledgeable; and selflessly dedicated. During our long association, she has cured me of gingivitis and other gum and tooth infections; made dental appliances to minimize damage to my crowns; installed an implant; and repaired a half dozen instances of broken crowns. In the latter instance, when I inadvertently broke a crown or damaged a veneer, she would immediately adjust her schedule to accommodate my dental emergency, regardless as to the personal sacrifice involved. As a doctor she was patient with me; listened well; accommodated my busy schedule; and charged very reasonable prices for world class dental services. In every instance in which we interacted, I was completely satisfied with the outcome. If I had to describe Dr. Wilson as a person in a single word, that word would be, "class". If I had to describe her professional skills in a phrase, that phrase would be , "She's a dentist's dentist". Dr. Wilson is a GREAT dentist and has my highest recommendation.

Robert N.

Lois Wilson was my dentist before I moved away, and she is amazing. She is extremely professional, and her work is so good, I can't tell which teeth she has worked on (and neither can my new dentist!).

My teeth are generally pretty healthy, but I went to Dr. Wilson's office for cleanings, she did two fillings for me, a composite bonding on one of my front teeth, and an in-office whitening. She generally doesn't do the cleanings herself, but I remember her hygenists being quite good, and not too rough.

My new dentist even gave her work high compliments, because they had a hard time figuring out which teeth she had worked on. They said that my prior dentist did a VERY good job color matching my teeth.

Jason G.

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