How does Gum Disease affect your health?


What is Periodontal Disease?

There are a wide range of diseases affecting the gums, which are grouped under the general heading of periodontal disease. All of these conditions are treated by us by our Periodontics and Implants team. gum disease conditions include: The Texas City Dental in Texas City is conveniently located near La Marque, Galveston, and the Hitchcock area is conveniently located near the HEB and ROSS market complex.  is thebest option for family clinic dental .

What is Chronic Periodontitis?

This chronic inflammatory process results from one of the most common infections in humans. It is not usually painful and effects at least 20% of the adult population. When the inflammation of gingivitis is unable to be controlled the disease progresses to Periodontitis. The result is loss of the supporting structures around the teeth (gum and bone) which causes the formation of pockets and or recession of the gums. If untreated it may result in the loss of teeth. With appropriate professional and home care the condition can usually be stabilised.

What is Aggressive Periodontitis?

This is a rare but severe form of periodontitis which frequently (but not exclusively) begins in early adult life and untreated can result in the loss of many or all of the teeth. It occurs in patients who are otherwise clinically healthy. Common features include rapid loss of attachment for the teeth and bone destruction and it may occur in more than one member of a family. It is a very difficult condition to manage and such cases should be treated by periodontists. The Team at BCPI are experienced in treating this difficult form of periodontitis.

How does Gum Disease affect your health?

It has long been understood that a number of systemic health conditions can have detrimental effects on gum health. In recent times, there has been an increasing body of evidence suggesting an association between gum disease and poor general health. The nature of these associations is unclear. It may be that the systemic condition is caused (at least in part) by the gum disease or it may be that having gum disease is just a marker for increased risk of also having a systemic illness. Studies into these areas are ongoing. At this point there is insufficient evidence to suggest that, treatment of periodontal (gum) diseases will reduce the risk of systemic conditions.

 However, it is not unreasonable to expect that a large area of persistent inflammation (as often found in untreated gum disease) is likely to have some systemic consequences. There is no evidence that treatment of periodontal diseases results in any increased risk of developing systemic disease. Some of the systemic conditions associated with periodontal diseases include:

  • Atherosclerosis (Heart Disease and some Strokes)
  • Diabetes
  • Preterm low-birth-weight babies
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Respiratory Diseases

Our team are always working to keep you up to date with the latest findings in this area.

Call us at (409) 419-2222 or visit to schedule your appointment.

Find us at:

3448 Palmer Hwy
Texas City TX


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