Periodontal disease, or gum disease, can greatly affect your oral and overall health. Periodontal disease is a degenerative condition that begins with the accumulation of plaque on teeth. If the plaque is not removed, bacteria can begin to destroy the teeth, gums, and supporting bones in your mouth. If allowed to progress, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and many severe health problems, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Pregnancy complications

Dr. Berkvam and her experienced staff at Smiles of Kansas City Dental Center are dedicated to helping you return to optimal oral health. Our dental team’s treatment may include scaling and root planing (deep cleanings) in order to halt and reverse the progression of the disease. In more severe cases, surgical treatment may be recommended. If you have red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums, you might have periodontal disease. Call us today at our office in Kansas City, Missouri to begin improving your oral health.