When your gums are not properly cared for, you are at risk of developing gingivitis or even periodontal disease. This can lead to your gums becoming swollen, red, and easy to bleed. In addition, your gums will eventually loosen and pull away from teeth. Gum disease is a serious dental issue that needs to be addressed right away, so let our dentists know if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Gums that bleed when flossing
- Swollen and red gums
- Sensitive gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Shifting teeth
- Loose teeth
Over time, the plaque that causes gum disease will harden into tartar deposits and escalate any periodontal problems. One of the easiest ways to combat gum disease is with proper home care, which will remove plaque and debris from your teeth. However, in some cases, you will need to visit Westwood Dental to have your teeth professionally cared for. During your visit to our office, Dr. Galvin or Dr. Thomas will perform a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing, which involves removing the plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums. Additionally, this deep cleaning will smooth any rough spots or pockets on your teeth, which will keep bacteria from settling there.
If you would like to know more about how our dentists treat gum disease in Kansas City, Kansas, we would love to talk with you. Call or visit our office today to schedule a consultation with our team.