Scary facts about gum disease
- Posted on: Feb 28 2021
Drs. Das, Pham, and Rivera of Clear Lake Dental Care and Implant Center educate patients daily on how to care for their smiles to achieve better oral health and wellness. Webster, TX area patients are advised to look for the signs of certain conditions that can wreak havoc on the smile, including that of periodontal disease, or “gum disease.”
What is periodontal disease?
Our dentists at Clear Lake Dental Care and Implant Center describes periodontal disease, or “gum disease,” as an infection that, without proper diagnosis and treatment, can become extremely severe and damaging to the smile. By maintaining good oral health habits at home and regular visits to the dental office for cleanings and examinations, most patients can achieve a healthier smile and keep this problem from occurring.
What are some facts about periodontal disease?
Some concerning facts regarding this infection include:
- An infection that can damage the smile. This infection may start small and inconspicuously, but it then develops into a serious problem that requires immediate care to keep the smile healthy. Periodontal disease untreated can contribute to the loss of gum tissue, jaw bone, and even natural teeth.
- The infection can spread. Not only does the infection occur within the smile, the bacteria contributing to the infection is carried through the bloodstream and can affect other parts of the body. This is known as the “oral systemic connection.” Many patients who have periodontal disease are at a higher risk of developing other concerns, including heart disease, diabetes, or other cardiovascular concerns.
- Impact on pregnancy. Women who have periodontal disease while pregnant may be putting their pregnancy at risk as well, as periodontal disease is often linked with low birth weight babies or preterm labor. Women can obtain dental care safely throughout their pregnancy, so this can often be avoided.
Avoid the development of gum disease with the care of our dental staff
Patients in the community of Webster, TX and beyond are strongly encouraged to book a consultation appointment with Drs. Das, Pham, and Rivera to determine if they are dealing with periodontal disease and need treatment. A definitive diagnosis can be made at our state-of-the-art facility at 202 West Medical Center Boulevard at Clear Lake Dental Care and Implant Center. Call us today at (281) 557-8097 to request an appointment.