• Periodontics

    • This dental specialty focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of structural and functional membrane disease concerning the periodontal membrane and other related tissues that surround the teeth and support them. This includes disease of the gums, periodontal ligaments, and bone that hold the teeth in place. If these structures are weakened by bacteria and infection a person risks losing their one and only set of teeth. Patients with severe Periodontal Disease have very sensitive gums, loose teeth, high amounts of bacteria, and bad breath. Teeth loose the foundation that keeps them nice and strong and eventually, without proper dental care, become so weak that they fall out. This affects daily life as far as eating and speaking properly. It also changes a person's facial appearance by causing more wrinkles and a difference in facial shape by weakening the appearance of the jaw. If Periodontal disease persists, the plaque and bacteria tend to also form around vital structures, penetrate into the blood stream and can actually be a very serious precursor to other diseases like high blood pressure, heart attacks, diabetes and possibly death.

    Periodontal or Gum Disease

    Most people who suffer from tooth loss do so because of periodontal disease caused by poor oral hygiene, bad diet, high amounts of stress, and possibly having a genetic disposition to being able to host harmful bacteria. It is estimated that approximately 80% of adults these days have some degree of gum disease ranging from mild gingivitis to the advanced stages of periodontal disease. Gum disease can exist without the person even realizing it because it’s generally not painful and it can progress unnoticed by its host. This is why they call it a silent disease similar to diabetes and cancer.

    Symptoms of gum disease: 

    • Swollen, puffy and/or red gums
    • Chronic bad breath
    • Gums bleed while brushing or flossing
    • Exudate (pus) oozing from gums
    • Loose teeth

    If you have any of these symptoms call Stephen M. Klein, DDS in Bakersfield to schedule an appointment with our dentist.

    Flossing is Vital

    We hate to be alarmists but flossing your teeth on a regular basis can actually save your life! The results of recent medical research provide some shocking facts about gum disease. Researchers found that strokes, heart attacks, cancer, diabetes and even premature births are more associated with chronic ongoing inflammation in the body than with other causes like genetics. The truth is that GUM DISEASE is the most common source of chronic ongoing inflammation in the body. The association between gum disease, strokes and heart disease is continuing to be studied but there is already strong evidence that healthy gums can actually lead to a healthy heart, body, and lifestyle


COVID-19 Alert!

We are available to help with Dental Emergencies!


The safety of our patients and team members is a top priority for our Staff.  In compliance with federal and state recommendations, due to the COVID-19 Outbreak, we will be postponing any dental treatment that in not urgent in nature.  We are available to you for toothaches, and other procedures that cannot wait 30 days. If you are experiencing a problem that cannot wait, schedule an appointment now via our online portal that allow you to connect with our schedule to easily and conveniently schedule your dental visit, no need to call just schedule your own appointment!  appointment times may be limited.


If you are not sure if it can wait, a telephone consultation with the dentist may be had by calling (661) 871-0780


Please note: Thorough infection control protocols are used in our office, and each patient will go through a screening process to determine possible exposure to COVID19


If you need to schedule any procedures that can wait, call (661) 871-0780, leave a message and we will return your call with in 24 hours.