Tips for treating gum disease

Nearly half of adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. If you’re experiencing signs and symptoms, your Aspen Dental care team is here to help.

The silent struggle with gum disease

If you struggle with periodontitis, or gum disease, you’re not alone. An estimated 70% of people over age 65 have some form of gum disease. How can you treat it? Sometimes, such as in the case of gingivitis, all you might need is a professional cleaning. If your gum disease worsens, your periodontal dentist will develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.

What is periodontitis?

Periodontitis, or gum disease, results from infection or inflammation of the teeth and surrounding gums. Gum disease is often caused by a bacterial build-up on the teeth that hardens. You can help keep periodontitis under control by practicing smart oral hygiene habits, like brushing twice a day, flossing, and regularly visiting your dentist.

Gum disease: signs and symptoms

In the early stages of gum disease, also called gingivitis, your gums may become a bit swollen or even bleed. In the more advanced stages, periodontitis signs and symptoms may include:

  • Bad breath

  • Redness or swelling around the gums

  • Bleeding gums

  • Pain while chewing

  • Loose teeth or gaping gums

  • Sensitive teeth

  • Spaces between teeth

  • Changes in bite or fit of dentures

Quit tobacco to snuff out gum disease

Smoking, chewing, vaping and dipping puts you at a higher risk for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Tobacco use can also worsen gum disease and make it harder to treat. If you use tobacco, ask your dentist or physician for information about how to quit.

Make periodontitis a thing of the past

If you’re experiencing pain, bleeding, or other gum-related issues, it’s important to see a dentist immediately. Treating gum disease in its early stages could save you from more invasive treatment options down the line. Your Aspen Dental care team will be with you every step of the way.

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