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 if plaque is not removed it can become more harmful. The bacteria in plaque can cause red, swollen gums that are prone to bleeding. This inflammation can cause periodontal disease and may lead to damage of gum tissue, supporting bone, and ultimately the loss of teeth. In severe cases, periodontal disease may contribute to several serious medical conditions, including:

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At Westwood Dental, our skilled dental and hygiene 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!