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Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is an infection of the soft gum tissue caused by the prolonged accumulation of plaque. Gum disease is usually painless, and you may not be aware of its presence in your mouth until it reaches an advanced stage. Gum disease occurs in two stages—gingivitis and periodontitis—and the sooner you treat it, the better.

– Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. At this stage, gums are often red and swollen, and may bleed easily. The effects of gingivitis can usually be treated and reversed by Dr. Jason Nicoletti and daily oral care. If your gums exhibit any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with Nicoletti Dental Group as soon as possible.

– Periodontitis is advanced gum disease, and it affects almost half of adults over the age of 30 in the United States. Unlike gingivitis, periodontitis is linked to serious health conditions—tissue and bone loss, diabetes, and stroke have all been associated with periodontitis. Periodontitis usually advances slowly, but aggressive periodontitis can cause rapid loss of bone, tissue, and even teeth.

In some cases, gum disease progresses without any visible symptoms, which is one of the reasons why regular dental checkups are so important. Dr. Jason Nicoletti will be able to diagnose any existing gum disease and prescribe an appropriate treatment. Depending on your specific case, he may recommend laser gum treatment to kill bacteria and remove infected gum tissue.

For more information about gum disease in Poughkeepsie, New York, don’t hesitate to contact Nicoletti Dental Group at 845.452.8410. Our dental team would be happy to address your questions and concerns.