Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by bacteria from the plaque and tartar that accumulate on your teeth. Flossing and brushing help get rid of plaque, but plaque that is not removed can become more harmful. The bacteria can cause red, swollen, and bleeding gums, and periodontal disease may lead to damage and loss of the teeth, gum tissue, and supporting bone. In severe cases, untreated periodontal disease may contribute to several serious medical conditions, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Pregnancy complications
At Westwood Dental, Dr. Shelly M. Galvin, Jonathan B. Smith, and Melinda A. Garcia and our skilled dental team are dedicated to helping you avoid these risks through preventing and treating periodontal disease. Please contact our Kansas City, Kansas dental office today if you have red, swollen, or bleeding gums. We look forward to working with you to improve your oral health!