Family Dental Group of Fishkill
738 Route 9, Suite 22, Fishkill, NY 12524

Gum Treatment in Fishkill, NY

A healthy smile includes both healthy teeth and healthy gums. The bacteria in your mouth can attack the enamel of your teeth and also attack the gum tissue and bone that hold your teeth in place.

If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, you’re not alone. Half of Americans over the age of 30 have some form of periodontal disease. “Peri” means around and “dontic” means tooth; periodontal disease is just another way of saying gum disease.

What is a Periodontist?

Periodontists are dentists who have an additional two years of training in diagnosing and treatment gum disease, replacing missing teeth with dental implants, and improving smiles through periodontal treatment.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

The bacteria in plaque and tartar can spread below the gum line and erode the tissues and bone that hold the teeth in place.

There are several factors that can lead to periodontal disease, including:

  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Poor tooth alignment
  • Poor nutrition
  • Smoking
  • Aging
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Pregnancy
  • Stress
  • Systemic diseases such as diabetes

What Are Common Signs of Periodontal Disease?

Many times, periodontal disease starts as a painless infection with few symptoms. As it advances, you may have one or more of these signs of periodontal disease:

  • Red, puffy, or bleeding gums
  • Gum recession
  • Bad breath
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Pus around the teeth

What Are the Types of Gum Disease?

Many people don’t realize that the first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. It is the only stage that can be reversed with professional dental treatment and good dental hygiene at home.

If the gingivitis is not treated, it can lead to periodontitis. As the disease progresses, it breaks down the tissues and bones that support the teeth, causing the gums to separate from the teeth. These are called “pockets.” More bacteria can gather in the pockets, leading to further destruction of the gum tissue and bone.

Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. It has also been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and other diseases.

How is Periodontal Disease Treated?

Many people don’t realize that a regular teeth cleaning, called a prophylaxis, only polishes the tooth above the gum line. To treat bacteria below the gum line, the periodontist or hygienist will use a technique called scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar from periodontal pockets and smooth the tooth root to remove bacteria. If needed, an antibiotic can also be applied to treat the gum infection.

You may require more frequent teeth cleanings and periodontal maintenance in order to treat the infected areas and keep the gum disease from advancing. Gum disease is a systemic disease; it’s only reversible when it’s caught in the gingivitis stage.

If the bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed due to periodontal disease, your periodontist may recommend a regenerative procedure like a bone graft, tissue graft, or tissue-simulating proteins to regenerate bone and tissue.

What Can I Do at Home to Prevent Gum Disease?

The most effective way to prevent gum disease is to have professional teeth cleanings at least twice a year – more if you require periodontal maintenance – and proper at-home oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth after every meal and flossing at least once a day will prevent tartar build-up on your teeth and below your gum line.

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Great quality in dental care, kind and informative staff and clean office. As someone who has been receiving dental care for 10+ years here, I highly recommend this office!
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I have an extremely high fear of dentists and had not been in over 30 years. Dr Neil Kesselman and his staff are incredible. Compassionate and caring and even though my fear isn’t gone I now know […]
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This was my first visit to Family Dental in Fishkill. As soon as I arrived, I was greeted by the ladies at the front desk. I filled out the new client paperwork and was taken in the back to see the […]
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Dr. Saintil and her assistant were excellent. So glad we chose to go here.
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The care I received at Family Dental Group in Fishkill exceeded my expectations. I went in to have all my wisdom teeth removed and from the moment I stepped in for the initial consult, the […]
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Dr. Hinkle was so helpful with finding a solution for my daughter’s teeth. He was patient, kind and considerate and really made her feel comfortable. The procedure was flawless and her teeth look […]
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Margaret and Dr. Oh are the best team in the world. I was terrified at the beginning of my appointment and they made me feel so comfortable. I will be telling anyone that will listen about my […]
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Professional and pleasant staff. My son’s dentist is amazing!!
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It never ceases to amaze me how much knowledge the staff has when it comes to the patients care. This is the most knowledgeable Dentist Group and staff that I have come across in my nearly 60 years […]
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I live 1 1/2 hours north of Fishkill Family Dental , but I chase Dr. Lucchese down here because the drive is worth it. He’s busy because he knows his practice AND has an excellent bedside manner. […]
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I had a lot of fear about going to the dentist as I had a very bad experience with another dental office in CT and since then have been pretty afraid of dental work. The person I initially spoke with […]
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The BEST quality of care!!! The staff is amazing, the doctors are very caring and gentle!!! I would never trust any other dentist office with my children as well as myself!!!
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I was scheduled for an 11:15 appointment for a cleaning with Ellen. There was no wait time at all. She answered any questions I had and did an excellent job. She has a great personalty and really […]
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Mon. – 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tue. – 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wed. – 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thu. – 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Fri. – 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Phone: (845) 764-9315
Fax: (845) 440-7609
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  • Monday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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