Gum disease is a widespread oral health problem, affecting more than half of the United States population, and is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. At the office of Dr. Debra I. Shevick, our Laramie dentist office utilizes advanced technology and methods to prevent, detect and treat gum disease. We focus on a preventive approach and strive to diagnose gum disease from its outset, for the most straightforward and effective course of treatment.
Preventing gum disease begins at home, with a daily routine of brushing and flossing. Maintaining excellent oral hygiene prevents the buildup of plaque, which is a sticky film that continuously accumulates in your mouth, harboring harmful bacteria. When plaque gathers below the gum line, it can infect and inflame the soft tissues and bone structure supporting your teeth. Periodic teeth cleanings at our Laramie dentist office are also an important part of a complete and effective oral hygiene routine, allowing us to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar from the most difficult to reach spots. In its earliest stages, gum disease may not present with any pain or symptoms. At your checkup visits, our dentist will perform a comprehensive examination to diagnose periodontal disease, as well as other conditions, which may be harmful to your oral health. The initial phase of gum disease is called gingivitis, and can be reversed early on, before it progresses. Our dentist may recommend a deep periodontal cleaning, called scaling, which removes plaque from underneath your gums. Periodontal treatment may also involve root planing, which smoothes the root surfaces of teeth to prevent further plaque buildup. Throughout treatment, our team of professionals keeps you at ease and helps you make the most informed decisions regarding your course of care.
Our Laramie dentist office provides state-of-the-art care to prevent the onset and progress of gum disease. At the office of Dr. Debra I. Shevick, our goal is to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your life, helping you maintain excellent oral health. To learn more about periodontal treatment, or to schedule an appointment, call our office today.