Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused by bacteria which result from plaque and tartar accumulations on your teeth, especially near the gumline. Diligent flossing and brushing help remove plaque and bacteria, but when plaque is not removed, it can become harmful and gum disease may progress. The bacteria deposits cause inflammation and irritation to the gums and teeth, and periodontal disease may result in irreparable damage and loss of teeth, gum tissue, and supporting bone tissues. In the most severe cases, untreated gum disease has been linked to several serious medical conditions, such as:

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

Dr. Mark Jensen and our experienced dental team at Truman Village Family Dental are dedicated to helping you avoid these complications by preventing and treating gum disease in Independence, Missouri. Dr. Mark Jensen favors non-surgical approaches to help our patients achieve optimal oral health while minimizing discomfort. Our highly trained hygienists are experienced in scaling and root planing (deep cleaning treatments) for the treatment of gum disease in its early stages to prevent its progression. When necessary, we may refer your case to a nearby periodontist for further treatment. We invite you to contact our dental office today if you have red, swollen, or bleeding gums or other signs of gum disease. We are eager to work with you to improve your oral health!