Dr. Shaileshkumar Bhatt provides periodontics to help fight gum disease so that you can regain a healthy smile. Periodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses on preventing, diagnosing and treating gum disease and other conditions that affect the soft oral tissues.
Gum disease is an infectious condition caused by harmful bacteria in the mouth. It is degenerative, and if not diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible, it will eventually cause gum recession, bone loss and tooth loss. Gum disease can usually be controlled and even reversed if diagnosed early enough and treated with professional cleanings and improved oral hygiene at home. If allowed to progress, however, it can develop into a condition that cannot be completely cured and will require more frequent and extensive treatment.
Factors that increase your risk of periodontal disease include:
- Smoking and the use of other tobacco products
- Poor dental hygiene
- A family history of gum disease
- Systemic health problems (such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, etc.)
- Currently pregnancy
The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene at home. We recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Ideally, you should brush after each meal and before going to bed at night. You should also make and keep regular appointments with your dentist for cleanings and exams.
For more information about periodontics in San Bernardino, California, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shaileshkumar Bhatt, please call Arrowhead Family Dentistry today at 909-889-3300.