Dr. Reid emphasizes the importance of your periodontal health and a periodontal screening is part of any routine dental exam in his Truckee, CA dentist office. Gum disease is often called the “silent disease” because most people do not realize they have it until they visit the dentist or begin to suffer with complex dental problems as it advances.
It is important to note that gum disease remains a leading cause of tooth loss in adults today- one that is preventable with routine dental care. Healthy gums are the supporting structure for your teeth- if they lose their foundation, problems begin to arise such as decay, loose teeth, and changes in the bite.
Gum disease is caused by plaque, the ugly coating of bacteria excrement that constantly builds up on your teeth. The bacteria’s excrement (plaque) contains chemical compounds that can damage the teeth and gums. Gum disease attacks at the connection of your teeth and gum line in the sulcus, where it damages the supporting and connective tissues. As the tissues are damaged, the sulcus develops into a pocket; generally, the deeper the pocket, the more severe the disease.
Eventually, pockets can become so deep that your tooth is no longer attached to your gums or jawbone. And, that’s when they fall out…
“It’s not enough anymore to just keep an eye on at-risk areas in the gums. Rather, aggressively controlling periodontal disease will be an important part of maintaining, and improving our patients’ overall health and their enjoyment of life. To be exact, our patients will not be totally healthy unless they are periodontally healthy.” Dr. Donald Reid
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Looking for a Truckee, CA, Tahoe City, CA or Lake Tahoe, CA area dentist to treat your gum disease? Dr. Reid is currently accepting new patients! Contact our office or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to meeting the oral health needs of you and your family.