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Periodontal Disease Self Test


To check if you, a family member or loved one have or are at risk for periodontal disease please answer the following questions. These questions are based on signs and symptoms of periodontal disease. If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, you may have or be at risk for developing periodontal disease.

  • Do you or does your family have a history of heart disease?
  • Do you experience bad breath or do friends or loved ones tell you have bad breath?
  • Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss?
  • Do you notice a change in your bite?
  • Do you feel any of your teeth are moving?
  • Do you notice spaces between your teeth that weren’t present before?
  • Do certain foods get caught between your teeth?
  • Do you notice your gums shrinking (gum recession)?
  • Do you have a metallic or salty taste in your mouth?
  • Is your mouth dry often? Do you need to drink water throughout the day?
  • Do your teeth appear too long or too short?
  • Are your parents missing some or all of their teeth?
  • If you wear a partial denture or a bridge, are you uncomfortable with the fit?
  • Do you suffer from any immune system disorders (ie. HIV, Leukemia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, individuals undergoing chemotherapy)?
  • Do you smoke or have you ever smoked cigarettes?
  • Do you clench or grind your teeth?
  • Women – Are you pregnant?
  • Women – Are planning to become pregnant?
  • Do you have diabetes or is there a history of diabetes in your family?
  • Are you under stress?
  • Do you take any medication that causes your gums to get swollen or enlarged?
  • Are your teeth sensitive or stained?