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Periodontal Disease

The word periodontal means “around the tooth”.  Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth.  Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva.  If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar).  When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone.  Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it!  Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.

Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy.  Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease affects these systemic diseases and conditions.  Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.

Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
  • Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
  • New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
  • Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
  • Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present.
  • Receding gums – Loss of gum around a tooth.
  • Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.
  • Tenderness or Discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.

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Dr. Bhagwat and Her staffs are tremendously kind and compassionate group of professionals. Being new to California has seem to hindered the "home feeling" I am use to, but not with Dr.Bhagwat! As soon as I walked in I felt very welcomed, and at ease (as I have never liked dentist visits).Dr. Bhagwat is extremely genuine and gave me honest, straight forward recommendations of how my teeth should be taken care of. I can trust her and highly recommend her to all my friends. The best dentist I've ever had!! Thank you Dr. Bhagwat!

Ian S.

I took my children to see Dr. Bhagwat for a routine dental check up. Prior to this, they had been seeing another dentist, and dental visits used to be quite trying with the kids crying and screaming. However with Dr. Bhagwat they were at ease right away, even smiling and giggling through the visit. She is amazing with children and adults alike, very patient and thorough, and takes the trouble to explain things with great care. She also genuinely cares!

Aditi N.

Had a great experience taking my three year old daughter to see Dr. Bhagwat for a cleaning. She was professional and thorough, while at the same time making my daughter feel very comfortable and at ease. I had worried about how my daughter would handle a dental visit, but I needn't have -- she seemed to have a great time and I don't foresee any issues in getting her to come back for followup visits. Separately, I have also seen Dr.Bhagwat about an issue I was having, and was struck by the depth of her knowledge and willingness to do background research to determine the cause of my problem and resolve it. Overall, highly recommend Dr.Bhagwat for adults and children alike.

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