Poudre Valley Family Dental
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  • “So glad that my husband and I have Dr. Gray and his staff for our dental care. We have been under Dr. Gray's care for minor and not-so-minor procedures for the past 2 years and have been very happy with the excellent, up-to-date dentistry and compassionate care. Dr. Gray's friendly and efficient office staff and dental assistants contribute to our confidence in what has been outstanding dental care.” - A

  • “Wonderful office and great experience! Everyone was so nice and knowledgeable and explained everything! Exactly what I was Looking for in a dentist!!” - A

  • “Always a pleasure to visit Dr. Gray's office. Cleanings are thorough and comfortable and the staff is friendly and professional. Desired appointments are easy to obtain and kept on time.” - D

  • “Poudre Valley Family Dental Rocks. They are always personable and friendly. The staff all call me by name when I walk in the door and they ask me about my family and work. I never feel rushed out the door, and yet they are always prompt and timely. It's like visiting with friends every 6 months. I highly recommend making these guys your dental team!” - E

Healthy living requires healthy gums!

January 22, 2018
Posted By: Richard Gray, DDS

I saw a patient recently whose main concern was, “Why won’t the dentist just clean my teeth?” He came from another office and was frustrated by their recommendation for periodontal therapy. He did not understand why he could no longer be treated with the same regular cleaning he had been receiving
for decades.

Periodontal Chart | Fort Collins CO Dentist

The patient’s periodontal charting showed the presence of active periodontal disease-- look how many pocket depths (the “PD” lines in the above chart) are deeper than 3mm, which means he should be treated with periodontal therapy. This has become a common point of misunderstanding for several reasons.

More About Periodontal Disease

First, periodontitis can present as signs without obvious symptoms until it develops into a very advanced stage. Many people who have periodontal disease do not even know they have it.

Second, dentists and doctors continue to develop a better understanding of the periodontal disease process and its implications for a person’s systemic health. Periodontitis is not just about teeth anymore, it has implications for the health of the rest of the body as well.

Third, dentists have an ethical and a legal obligation to treat a diagnosis of periodontal disease with the appropriate treatment, and the appropriate treatment is not a prophylactic (preventive) cleaning.

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