Your gums are much more important than you may think. While they do support your teeth, they also protect your smile and body from the bacteria in your mouth. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to lost teeth and contribute to respiratory and cardiovascular problems. If you have noticed symptoms of gum disease, call Quail Creek Dental at 417-720-4075 to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Matthew Stunkel, for periodontal treatments in Springfield, Missouri.