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Dr. Richard F. Amato, DDS

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As an expert in periodontal health and the treatment of periodontitis, One question I am asked all the time is "Can I brush my teeth too hard and cause recession?" The short answer is yes. I like to use the analogy of Goldilocks. You don't want to brush too hard, you can literally wear away gum tissue and teeth using abrasive toothpaste and an aggressive back and forth style. Contrarily you do not want to brush too lightly or leave plaque on your teeth that can lead to gum disease or bleeding gums....You want to do it just right, that means a light circular motion with a soft bristled brush. Save some of that energy for flossing!  If you do have receded gums there are new innovative solutions such as the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Technique. Check out our website for more details.    

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 Many people know that visiting a dentist twice a year is a key to keeping teeth clean and healthy. Those regular visits ensure your choppers are cavity-free, and perhaps it's a chance for the dentist to chastise you for not flossing enough. However, you shouldn't simply stop there. According to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published in the Journal of Periodontology, nearly 65 million Americans suffer from gum disease, also known as periodontitis. Symptoms can include red, tender, or bleeding gums; loosening of the teeth; and receding gums. If you experience these symptoms, a trip to a periodontist -- a dentist who specializes in treating gum disease -- should be added to your twice-yearly dental check-ups. "Periodontal disease remains a significant public health issue for people of all backgrounds," said Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH, president of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and a practicing periodontist in Los Angeles. "However, with the proper treatment and care, periodontal disease is often reversible." If you suspect that you might require the expert care of a periodontist, here are four things you should know: * Know the cause. Poor oral hygiene is a major culprit in the development of gum disease. More than 500 different species of bacteria can be found in dental plaque, highlighting the importance of brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly. * Know your risk. There is a genetic component to gum disease, but lifestyle choices also can increase your chances of developing gum disease. Smoking, age, taking certain medications, obesity, poor nutrition and stress may all increase your susceptibility. * Know where to go. Take the "Gums 101" quiz on to evaluate the overall health of your gums, learn the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease and find tips on how to care for your gums. You can also search for a periodontist in your area. * Know how often to go. The AAP recommends that adults undergo a comprehensive periodontal evaluation every year to ensure the health of gums and teeth. "If a person is found to have periodontal disease, a periodontist can determine the best course of treatment.” For more information about the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease, visit If you live or work in Connecticut visit

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Good Morning, Staff Members are Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and Polish

Dr. Richard Amato and his staff at Advanced Periodontics and Dental Implant Center of Connecticut LLC can now communicate fluently with patients who speak Spanish, Portuguese and Polish. This will allow Dr. Amato and his staff to provide more effective treatment for non-native speakers who need to visit a periodontist in Monroe, CT, for services such as gum disease treatment, gum recession treatment and dental implant placement. 

Monroe, CT — People who speak Spanish, Portuguese or Polish and need to visit a periodontist in Monroe, CT, can now visit Dr. Richard Amato to receive treatment from professionals who can speak the same language. Dr. Amato and his staff at Advanced Periodontics and Dental Implant Center of Connecticut LLC are proud to announce that they now can communicate fluently in all three languages. This should enable the staff to offer better care to patients who speak English as a second language. 

Dr. Amato and his staff are committed to giving patients attentive care and protecting their long-term health. Communicating more effectively with patients allows Dr. Amato to more accurately diagnose oral health problems and help patients understand the health benefits of treatments or lifestyle changes. Dr. Amato offers various alternatives to conventional periodontal treatments, including the LANAP® protocol, which is a laser-based treatment for gum disease, and the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST), which is a minimally invasive alternative to gum grafting. By communicating with patients who speak Spanish, Portuguese or Polish in their native languages, Dr. Amato can more easily explain the nature and benefits of these procedures. 

As a periodontist in Monroe, CT, Dr. Amato provides treatment for various oral health issues. With the LANAP® protocol, Dr. Amato can lower the risk that patients will experience health complications associated with gum disease, including tooth loss, bone density deterioration and systemic health issues. With PST™, Dr. Amato can mitigate gum recession, a common side effect of periodontal disease, to give patients better protection against tooth sensitivity, mobility, infection or decay. For patients who have already lost teeth due to gum disease or other causes, Dr. Amato offers dental implants and implant-supported dentures. These tooth replacements, which are secured in place with studs implanted in the alveolar bone, provide patients with a more stable fit and greater functionality.

Dr. Amato and his staff look forward to offering multilingual services to patients who need to visit a periodontist in Monroe, CT, for any of these treatments. Dr. Amato encourages prospective patients who suffer from gum recession, gum disease or tooth loss to schedule consultations to learn about their treatment options. Patients can request appointments by visiting Dr. Amato’s website or by directly contacting his practice office. 

About the Doctor

Dr. Richard Amato is a periodontist and dental implant specialist who provides personalized dental care using the most advanced technology for patients in Monroe, Connecticut. He has placed thousands of dental implants since 1989. Dr. Amato earned a DDS degree from Stony Brook University. He then completed a full time multi-year specialty residency and received his Certificate of Proficiency in Periodontics from Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester. He belongs to the one percent of dentists in the USA currently providing the first FDA-cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. Dr. Amato is the first and most experienced provider of LANAP® therapy in Fairfield County, Connecticut as well as the only Periodontist to provide the Pinhole Surgical technique in CT. To learn more about Dr. Amato and his dental services, visit his website at and call (203) 712-0917.

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Before and after photos of a patient treated by Dr. Amato with the new Pinhole Surgical Technique or PST on the upper teeth. No Cutting, No Sutures with immediate results of thicker gum tissue and root coverage.
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