Do you already have signs of periodontitis?

Take the self-test and answer the following 10 questions here. Your answers will not be registered by us.

Question 1: Are all or parts of your gums reddened?

If there is localized severe redness, gingivitis may have developed at these sites. After improving oral hygiene, gingivitis can heal again. If the redness persists, consult a dentist for an examination and advice.

If there is generalized severe redness that occurred in a short period despite good oral hygiene, see your dentist.

Please note that during pregnancy, there is a greater tendency for gingivitis due to hormone changes. Pregnant mothers should pay special attention to oral hygiene at home and have a dental checkup during pregnancy.

If you also answered all the other questions with “No”, continue to pay attention to your oral health and see your dentist once a year for an examination.

If you smoke cigarettes regularly, note that this reduces the tendency for the gums to bleed. This is why gingivitis or periodontitis can remain undetected. You should therefore have a dental examination several times a year.

Question 2: Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, when they are touched, or when you eat hard food?

Gum bleeding is a sign of advanced inflammation. Consult your dentist. A thorough examination in the dental practice will show whether you have periodontitis and need the corresponding treatment.

Please note that periodontitis cannot be healed only by improving oral hygiene at home.

If you also answered all the other questions with “No”, continue to pay attention to your oral health and see your dentist once a year for an examination.

If you smoke cigarettes regularly, note that this reduces the tendency for the gums to bleed. This is why gingivitis or periodontitis can remain undetected. You should therefore have a dental examination several times a year.

Question 3: Do your gums feel sensitive?

After an injury at the gum line, as can be caused by the toothbrush when brushing vigorously, the gums will be sensitive. If the sensitivity lasts for several days, consult a dentist for an examination and advice.

If you also answered all the other questions with “No”, continue to pay attention to your oral health and see your dentist once a year for an examination.

Question 4: Do your gums feel slightly swollen?

Slight swelling is a sign of advanced inflammation. Inform your dentist. A thorough examination will show whether you have gingivitis or periodontitis and need the corresponding treatment.

Please note that during pregnancy, there is a greater tendency for gingivitis due to hormone changes. Pregnant women should pay particular attention to good oral hygiene at home and have a dental examination during pregnancy.

If you also answered all the other questions with “No”, continue to pay attention to your oral health and see your dentist once a year for an examination.

Question 5: Do you have severe swelling in the gums and does it cause pain or even fever?

Severe swelling in the gums can be a sign of advanced inflammation and an abscess.

Inform your dentist as soon as possible, especially if you experience pain or even fever. A thorough examination will show whether you have periodontitis and need the corresponding treatment.

If you also answered all the other questions with “No”, continue to pay attention to your oral health and see your dentist once a year for an examination.

Question 6: Have you ever found pus between the tooth and gums?

Pus coming from the gums can be a sign of advanced inflammation and abscess.

Inform your dentist as soon as possible, especially if you experience pain or even fever. A thorough examination will show whether you have periodontitis and need the corresponding treatment.

If you also answered all the other questions with “No”, continue to pay attention to your oral health and see your dentist once a year for an examination.

Question 7: Do you have problems with bad breath?

Bad breath can have many causes. The odor usually comes from a foul-smelling coating on the tongue. But it can also be a sign of advanced periodontitis.

Inform your dentist as soon as possible, especially if you experience pain or even fever. A thorough examination will show whether you have periodontitis and need the corresponding treatment.

If you also answered all the other questions with “No”, continue to pay attention to your oral health and see your dentist once a year for an examination.

Question 8: Have your gums receded, making it look like your teeth have become longer?

Receding gums are not always due to periodontitis. If you have receding gums, there are two possibilities to be considered:

    1.  You could be suffering from gum recession. This could be caused by brushing your teeth too vigorously.
    2.  Periodontitis, on the other hand, is an inflammatory disease caused by bacterial plaque.

Inform your dentist. A thorough examination will show whether you have periodontitis and need the corresponding treatment.

If you also answered all the other questions with “No”, continue to pay attention to your oral health and see your dentist once a year for an examination.

Question 9: Has the position of your teeth changed and has this led to gaps between the teeth?

A change in the position of the teeth can be a sign of advanced periodontitis.

Inform your dentist. A thorough examination will show whether you have periodontitis and need the corresponding treatment.

If you also answered all the other questions with “No”, continue to pay attention to your oral health and see your dentist once a year for an examination.

Question 10: Do you find that your upper and lower teeth meet differently than before?

A change in the position of the teeth can be a sign of advanced periodontitis.

Inform your dentist. A thorough examination will show whether you have periodontitis and need the corresponding treatment.

If you also answered all the other questions with “No”, continue to pay attention to your oral health and see your dentist once a year for an examination.

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