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Gum disease treatment can have a significant impact on your appearance, comfort, and health.


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Discover the most common queries about gum disease, its causes, symptoms, and prevention. Learn expert tips to maintain healthy gums and ensure a radiant smile. Stay informed and take proactive steps to safeguard your oral well-being.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection that affects the gums and surrounding tissues. It begins with plaque buildup, leading to inflammation and irritation of the gums. If left untreated, it can progress to more severe stages, causing gum recession, tooth loss, and even impacting overall health.
The early signs of gum disease include red, swollen, and tender gums, as well as bleeding while brushing or flossing. Persistent bad breath, receding gums, loose teeth, and changes in the bite are also warning signs. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to seek prompt dental care at Astoria Dental Group to prevent further complications.
Yes, gum disease can often be prevented with good oral hygiene practices. Regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings help remove plaque and bacteria that contribute to gum disease. Maintaining a balanced diet and avoiding tobacco products can also promote gum health.
The treatment for gum disease depends on the stage of the condition. In its early stage, known as gingivitis, thorough cleaning and improved oral hygiene can often reverse the symptoms. For advanced cases, our experienced dental team at Astoria Dental Group may recommend scaling and root planing, laser therapy, or even gum surgery to address the infection and promote gum healing.
Research suggests that gum disease is associated with various systemic health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory problems. The inflammation caused by gum disease can affect other parts of the body, making early detection and treatment essential for both oral and overall health.
To maintain optimal gum health and prevent gum disease, it’s recommended to visit Astoria Dental Group every six months for regular dental check-ups and cleanings. These routine appointments allow our dental specialists to monitor your oral health, detect early signs of gum disease, and provide preventive care as needed.
Certain factors can increase the risk of developing gum disease, such as smoking, poor oral hygiene, hormonal changes (e.g., during pregnancy or menopause), diabetes, certain medications, and genetic predisposition. If you have any of these risk factors, it’s crucial to be vigilant about your oral health and seek professional dental care regularly.
While gum disease is more common in adults, children can also develop gingivitis, especially if their oral hygiene is inadequate. Early education about proper brushing and flossing techniques, combined with regular dental check-ups at Astoria Dental Group, can help prevent gum disease and promote a lifetime of healthy smiles.
In the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis), improving oral hygiene habits can sometimes reverse the condition. However, once gum disease progresses to more advanced stages (periodontitis), professional treatment by our skilled dental team is necessary to manage and control the infection effectively.
Contacting Astoria Dental Group is easy! You can call our office at (718) 395-4789 to schedule an appointment with our dedicated team of dental professionals. We’re conveniently located in Astoria, NY, and look forward to helping you achieve optimal gum health and a beautiful smile!

Meet Our Highly Trained Doctors

Our cosmetic dentists Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel provide world-class dental care in a caring and friendly environment. Residents in Queens, Long Island, and throughout NYC trust them to create beautiful, healthy smiles.

Clifford Degel, DDS

With over 35 years of experience helping patients maintain, restore, and revitalize their smiles, Dr. Clifford Degel is considered a top dentist in Queens. Dr. Degel is known for exquisite cosmetic and restorative dentistry work at his state-of the-art, full service practice, Astoria Dental Group.

Carmen Every-Degel, DDS

Recognized as a top Invisalign® dentist, Dr. Every-Degel provides dramatic transformations with the discreet, convenient system, along with various cosmetic treatments such as smile makeovers and other procedures designed to deliver a brighter, more brilliant smile.

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Veronica Delgado
February 25, 2024
Throughout my life, my dental journey has been difficult, painful, and has caused me a lot of anxiety. I am very happy to have found Astoria Dental Group – everyone has been so kind and have taken the time to explain everything to me thoroughly and make sure I am comfortable. Dr. Degel is absolutely wonderful. I know I’m putting my teeth in the right hands and I will soon have my dream smile!
Ahmed Allam
December 9, 2023
Astoria’s finest! The team here is exceptional – a warm and welcoming staff coupled with highly professional dentists, a husband-and-wife duo who each dedicate three days a week. Their flexibility in scheduling and acceptance of various insurances make it hassle-free. I’ve been a loyal client for years, personally attended to by Dr. Carmen. She’s not only super nice but also patiently listens, possesses extensive knowledge, and most importantly, operates with utmost integrity – you can trust them without a doubt.
James Venuti
September 15, 2023
Nice office, very fast and professional, great Doctors and the gentle hygienists are wonderful!
Shelly Valherzrosa
August 12, 2023
I’m in pain but I love how they doing me thank u so much the best dentist thank u
Michael Belasco
June 9, 2023
After much research for a “good” dentist in Manhattan, I found Astoria dental group, been a loyal patient for years their expertise & state of the art approach friendly, competent staff, I would highly recommend.
Jennifer Lee (JAMM)
May 6, 2022
Absolutely the best dentist/dental group I have ever been to. Little to no wait time, they fully explain your issues and possible treatment options, and every single person front and back have been incredibly fortunate. They are organized in the front and the dentists know their stuff. So thankful for her and the practice! I’ve had major work done, great work, no pain.
Frank Navas
March 4, 2022
Have been a long time patient. Dr Degel and staff are top notch and professional! He does AMAZING work the whole experience is very comfortable pain & stress free. They also will work with you on how to pay for services and help you improve your dental health which ultimately improves your overall health and well-being!! Thank Astoria Dental and Dr Degel & Staff!!
Jeff Fralick
March 1, 2022
Dr Degel and his staff did outstanding work for me. Very attentive and friendly. I would recommend Astoria Dental Group to anyone looking for quality dental work. I had my entire top replaced with new implants and I feel like a new person. 5 stars all around!

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