Periodontal Care Quiz from Your Polk City Dentist

Q1. Which of the following can help you avoid the spread of gum disease?

A. Scaling and root planing

B. Comprehensive dental cleaning

C. Complete daily oral hygiene

D. All of the above


Q2. True or False: Scaling and root planing have a success rate of over 85 percent in periodontal care.


Q3. Which of the following is a symptom of periodontitis?

A. Extreme tooth decay

B. Tooth loss

C. Inflamed gum tissue

D. All of the above


Q4. True or False: Scaling involves smoothing the tooth root below the gum line.

Periodontal Care Quiz Answers

A1. D: All of the above are ways that our Polk City dentist can help you prevent the spread of gum disease. Daily oral hygiene can disrupt the colonies of plaque that form along your gum line and contribute to gingival infection. Professional dental cleanings and scaling and root planing can help remove infection and prevent gum disease from worsening.

A2. True: Scaling and root planing is highly successful because the treatment addresses gingival infection at ground zero of gum disease. Bacteria build up in between your teeth and gums, causing separation called periodontal pockets. Scaling and root planing cleans out these periodontal pockets and promotes gum healing and reattachment.

A3. D: All of the above are examples of periodontitis symptoms. As gum disease progresses, the bacteria cause the gum tissue to separate even further from the tooth, allowing bacteria to attack the vulnerable tooth root and cause cavities. The infection also destroys the connective tissues from the gum line all the way down to the jawbone, which leads to loose or missing teeth.

A4. False: Scaling is known as deep cleaning. Our Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong, will use special scaling tools to remove bacteria along the gum line and in between the tooth and gum tissue. Root planing involves smoothing the tooth root to prevent further infection and encourage gum tissue healing.

Polk City Periodontal Care

For more information about periodontal care, contact our Polk City dental office. You can schedule a dental cleaning with our Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong, by calling Cornerstone Dental at (515) 984-6001. We look forward to treating patients from Polk City, Alleman, Ankeny, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and surrounding communities.