Periodontal (Gum) Disease Risk Assessment

Cigna Periodontal Disease Risk Assessment Tool

Periodontal disease (also called "gum disease") is a chronic bacterial infection of the gums and bone supporting the teeth. It is caused by certain bacteria that are found on teeth and in the spaces between the teeth and gums. Diagnosing gum disease and getting appropriate treatment is important. Why? Because if left untreated, the disease can progress, which may lead to tooth loss. On top of that, mounting research continues to show that gum disease may have an effect on several serious health conditions. This means that having regular dental check-ups and any needed treatment for gum disease is important not only for your mouth, but for your overall well-being.

Don't Become A Statistic

Gum disease is the most significant dental disease affecting adults. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, "more than one in three people over age 30 have periodontitis (gum disease). And, by a conservative estimate, 35.7 million people in the United States have periodontitis."1 The good news is that it's treatable, and like many other health conditions, the earlier you diagnose and treat, the better the outcome.

Are You At Risk?

This tool is designed to help you and your dentist identify factors that might increase your risk for gum disease. Take the quiz by clicking on the link below and share the results with your dentist at your next dental check-up. Please note that this tool serves to provide a guideline as to your risk for gum disease. It is possible to have this disease without obvious warning signs, which is why regular dental checkups are so important.

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