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Dr. James A. Alongi

Periodontist

Dr. James A. Alongi is a top Periodontist in Ridgewood, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. James A. Alongi is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. James A. Alongi is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. James A. Alongi is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Ridgewood, New York, Dr. James A. Alongi is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Dr. James A. Alongi
  • Ridgewood, New York
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • Accepting new patients

Will my increased sugar levels cause a problem to treat my gum disease?

Yes, if it is at the diabetic level. So, try to control glucose levels as they do exacerbate periodontal disease.

Is gum disease possible in a 3 year old?

When the oral tissues, gums, cheeks, and tongue are dry due to mouth breathing, the immune components which are in saliva, are not present and bacteria can flourish, there are READ MORE
When the oral tissues, gums, cheeks, and tongue are dry due to mouth breathing, the immune components which are in saliva, are not present and bacteria can flourish, there are over-the-counter medications which help produce saliva in dry mouths, there is also a prescription medication rinse, Neutrasol, which I have found effective in my patients with dry mouth. Remember, a lack of saliva and its protective components help reduce bacteria not only on the gingiva, but also on the teeth helping to prevent tooth caries or decay.

I am having a dull pain in my gums while chewing food. Could it be sign of an infection?

First see your dentist, if it's a mild form of periodontal disease, your dentist will diagnose and form a treatment plan, if it is an advanced periodontal disease, or periodontitis READ MORE
First see your dentist, if it's a mild form of periodontal disease, your dentist will diagnose and form a treatment plan, if it is an advanced periodontal disease, or periodontitis you may want to consult a periodontist, who is specially trained and educated 3 years post dental school to diagnose and treat periodontal diseases

I recently had an intense cleaning at the dentist because I had gingivitis. Will smoking make things worse?

Yes, smoking negatively affects our health, starting with where it enters, the mouth.

How quickly can smoking cause gum disease?

Smoking introduces many toxins which negatively affect the whole body, but the first tissues to be assaulted are the oral tissues and depending on the strength of one's imune READ MORE
Smoking introduces many toxins which negatively affect the whole body, but the first tissues to be assaulted are the oral tissues and depending on the strength of one's imune system the damage could begin sooner rather than later. The bottom line, don't smoke!

Can gingivitis be prevented?

Yes, with regular dental visits and good oral hygiene.

What could be the reason for white spots on my gums?

White spots or white lesions could be the result of some type of trauma, i.e., hard crust on bread, etc. It can also be caused by a bacterial or viral infection.

Why are my dental implants hurting my gums?

You should speak to your periodontist as soon as possible. The implant crown may need to be adjusted. Also, the dental cement which is used to cement the implant crown may have READ MORE
You should speak to your periodontist as soon as possible. The implant crown may need to be adjusted. Also, the dental cement which is used to cement the implant crown may have extruded and lodged below the gum, which could cause an infection. In any case, if your gums are hurting and not getting better each day, see your periodontist.

Why are my gums darkening?

If your gums are darkening or turning red, not pink, you may have gingivitis or periodontitis. Have your dentist examine you for signs of periodontal disease.