Gum disease often goes undiagnosed until it reaches an advanced stage. During advanced stages of gum disease, patients are more likely to experience noticeable symptoms. Advanced stages of gum disease may require the need for extensive treatment and may affect the function and appearance of your natural smile.
Truckee, CA dentist, Dr. Donald Reid understands the importance of healthy gums and regular gum disease screening. Healthy gums are the foundation of a healthy, functional smile. Gum disease remains one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. Dr. Reid can work with you to develop a plan that supports healthy teeth and gums.
Dr. Reid offers a full range of periodontal therapy, general dentistry, and restorative dentistry services for patients dealing with various stages of gum disease. To learn more about what we offer, visit our Truckee, CA dental office. To schedule an appointment, call (530) 206-0392 or schedule an appointment online.
Preventing Gum Disease
Plaque buildup is one of the leading causes of gum disease. Over time, the bacteria from the plaque move to the gum line, causing an infection of the gum tissue. If gum disease is left untreated, bacteria-filled pockets form around the teeth causing the gums receded. As the pockets deepen, the teeth begin to shift and may eventually fall out.
Early diagnosis of gum disease can minimize your need for extensive treatment. Patients should also take preventive measure to reduce their risk of developing gum disease and keeping their teeth healthy.
- Brush your teeth. Brushing your teeth can remove debris, bacteria, and plaque from the teeth. Patients should brush at least twice a day.
- Floss your teeth. Flossing helps remove plaque build-up and food particles between the teeth. Patients should floss at least once a day.
- Use mouthwash. Mouthwash can help reduce plaque, food particles, and debris that your normal oral hygiene routine may miss.
- Schedule biannual visit to our Truckee dental office. During your visit, Dr. Reid will perform a full comprehensive exam including a periodontal disease screening.
During your visit to our Truckee dental office, Dr. Reid can fully examine the teeth and gums. After the examination, Dr. Reid can create a personalized solution based on your dental needs.