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 if allowed to progress. The bacteria can cause inflammation, and periodontal disease may lead to damage and loss of the teeth, gum tissue, and supporting bone. In severe cases, untreated gum disease may be linked to several serious medical conditions, including:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Heart disease
- Pregnancy complications
Dr. Jensen and his skilled dental team are dedicated to helping you avoid these risks through preventing and treating gum disease in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Dr. Mark Jensen favors a non-surgical approach to help you achieve optimal oral health with minimal pain and discomfort. Our dentist and his highly trained hygienists are practiced in scaling and root planing (deep cleaning treatments) to treat gum disease in its early stages to prevent further complications. When necessary, we may also refer you to a periodontist (a dentist who specializes in treating the gums). Please contact our dental office today if you have red, swollen, or bleeding gums. We look forward to working with you to improve your oral health!