Periodontics – Gum Treatment in Hudson Valley, NY

Did you know gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease? Fortunately, the infection is mild in this stage and can be easily managed with proper treatment.

In many cases, gum disease may have few or no symptoms. The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. People may have bad breath or notice their gums are swollen, red, tender, or even bleed slightly when flossing or brushing. Bleeding gums are never normal; it’s a sign that you have an infection and need to see a dentist to restore your oral health.

If the gum disease is not treated, it can lead to periodontitis. As the disease progresses, it causes the gums to pull away from the teeth. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Our dental experts at Family Dental Group include periodontists. Periodontists are dentists who completed an additional two years of training dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of gum conditions.

What Causes Periodontal (Gum) Disease?

The bacteria in your mouth can cause dental decay by eroding the enamel of teeth above the gum line. Bacteria can also spread below the gum line and erode the tissues and bone that hold teeth in place.

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

  • poor teeth brushing and flossing
  • malocclusions (bad bite)
  • poor nutrition
  • smoking
  • aging
  • genetics
  • pregnancy or other hormone changes
  • stress
  • systemic disease including diabetes

How is Gum Disease Treated?

During your dental visit, the hygienist and dentist will evaluate the health of your gums. Gum disease is a chronic illness. It is only reversible in the earliest stage (gingivitis). Once it advances, it needs to be managed regularly just like diabetes or any other chronic disease.

There are a variety of treatments depending on the progression of the infection. The most common is frequently referred to as a “deep cleaning.” This is scaling and root planing procedure that removes plaque from the tooth surfaces below the gum line (scaling) and smooths rough spots on the tooth roots (planing). This procedure removes the bacteria and creates a smooth surface for the gums to reattach to the tooth. In some cases, the dentist may also use antibiotics.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Staff were quite accommodating and friendly. Facility much larger than expected and quite spacious and clean. Dentist was experienced and […]
Margaret A.
Did not feel much pain post surgery. Surgery was quick and painless
Danielle S.
I have never had any teeth pulled till yesterday. They did a great job. Pain free.
Mary B.
Dan was very friendly and a professional. He made me feel very comfortable and did a good job! Thank you!
Iris M.
The staff is always very friendly, professional and prompt.
Anonymous
Dr. Bryan is amazing! I love how the office has changed (for the better) and the staff is always so kind and patient!
Joseph M.
We have always had excellent treatment from the entire staff. Dr. Stein and Dr. Friedman have been so great.
Andrea W.
I was treated so professionally and had no wait time!
Anonymous
My daughter had to have two teeth removed by the request of her orthodontist to correct her bite. They made her feel completely at ease and […]
Mackenzie B.
All are committed to making the experience as painless and pleasant as possible -- from X-rays to cleaning to filling cavities.
Anonymous
Excellent service, no complaints.
Anonymous
Everyone from the front desk to the assistant and doctor very pleasant.
Anonymous
Staff is wonderful! Friendly and helpful.
Anonymous
Great staff - helpful and courteous
Emani W.
promised it would be easy to get denture repaired ... and they were right ... nice to have teeth stay in and easier to eat!
Margaret A.
This is a warm and friendly team of professional dental workers. I'm so glad I was encouraged to try them when I moved to NY from NJ.
Sally A.
Great staff.
Craig H.
Staff is so friendly and professional. Michelle the dental hygenist is the best I ever had. Thank you for being so kind and patient. Especially […]
Christina F.
Ellen is awesome
Anonymous
Very good experience at this office. The staff was very friendly. There was a woman who may have been in charge who was very helpful too.
Jerry M.
I love the Family Dental Group! Thank you to all of the dentists and dental assistants for all that you do! I wouldn't ever consider going to another […]
Patti B.
I have been going to Lasha for years now to have my teeth cleaned. Love her!!!!
Clement V.
Very efficient & comfortable.
Anonymous
Always a pleasure! Great group of professionals!
Julia T.
I was so nervous, but the staff and the doctors made me feel comfortable . The doctor was gentle . Thank you for making my experience a good one . I […]
Louisa S.
My experience was very professional.
Tai F.
Okay people nice
Maurice M.
Great Experience! Kids love to go to see Dr. Hinkle!
Aiden M.
Highly recommend, they are great especially with children !
Katherine C.
Pleasant, professional staff. Showa patient concern.
Anonymous
Took me on time did a nice cleaning with no discomfort had a dentist review the ex rays and expressed his concerns and need to monitor for any […]
Nancy K.
I have been going here about 2 years and have no complaints. The staff up front are very nice as are the dental staff. They take good care of my […]
Paul C.
Everyone was very courteous and professional.
Anonymous
My four year old son experience was awesome, the Dr. was great.
Bryce J.
Doctor O was very nice I was nervous at first, but he was very informative, and patient.
Jordyn H.
Michelle my hygienist was wonderful. I have worked in the dental field for years and appreciated the time she took to explain things to me as wel as […]
Andrea G.
Dr Kesselman is awesome and so is Jose. I loved the office staff as well. My brother is a stoke patient and has some special needs they treated him […]
Douglas D.
Dr Ayuko was very professional.
Susan C.
Great best dentist office I've ever went to. Thank you for your service.
Tami R.
Nicole is my hygienist.. Not only is she knowledgeable in her field, but she is compassionate, humorous and professional.
Barbara M.
always a pleasure
America P.
I am always treated very well by the staff and dentists in the Brewster office.
Sheridah C.
One of the best pediatric dentistry I have experienced. My three year old was happy leaving and I would recommend to any mother that wants their […]
Mea O.
Lesha is always professional informative and most of all does a fantastic job!
Anonymous
great job
Rebecca A.
Dr. Stein and the staff are great. I get very nervous at the dentist and they are very patient with me.
Diane T.
I was a bit apprehensive before the first appointment, as I had been with my previous dentist for many years prior to relocating to New York. All […]
Linda R.
Excellent!!!
Ana P.
I always have a wonderful experience at the Family Dental Group in Fishkill. I don't really like going to the dentist and experience some anxiety and […]
Juliana F.
All 3 of my kids go here and they love it. Dentists are very professional and informative.
Xavier M.
Find a Location
Near You
Healthcare Financing with
CareCredit
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
    Get in touch:
    • Phone: (000) 000-0000