Gum Disease

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Gum disease is a struggle faced by dental patients of all ages. Maintaining a solid and consistent oral hygiene routine is essential to keeping it under control. In many cases, tooth decay goes in hand in hand with gum disease. Orthodontic concerns such as misaligned teeth can also increase the risk of developing gingivitis or periodontitis. If you’re experiencing gums that bleed when you brush, it’s likely you’re facing a case of gingivitis.

Gum disease, medically known as periodontal disease, is an inflammatory condition affecting the tissues surrounding the teeth. It’s essential to address this condition promptly to maintain optimal oral health and prevent further complications. At Altoona Smiles, our dedicated doctors are equipped with the expertise and tools to provide top-notch gum disease treatment tailored to your needs.

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If you notice any of the following signs, you might be experiencing gum disease:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums.
  • Gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing.
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth.
  • Receding gum line, making the teeth appear longer.
  • Formation of deep pockets between the teeth and gums.
  • Loose or shifting teeth.
  • Changes in bite or fit of dental appliances.

Conquering Gum Disease With Altoona Smiles

The foundation of every case of gum disease is bacteria infection of the gums. These bacteria line the teeth and gingival tissue. Common symptoms are red, swollen gums that are tender and bleed when brushed. Without properly cleaning bacteria, plaque, and food debris from your mouth will allow plaque to accumulate, causing the gums to become inflamed. At this point, it’s necessary to get help in the form of a deep cleaning from your dentist.

Gum disease is a troubling condition for anyone, especially when the adult teeth are still developing. The presence of gum disease in parents usually indicates issues with their oral hygiene practices. Some conditions can make it more likely that someone will develop gum disease, including: 

  • Smoking: Tobacco use creates significantly higher risks of gum disease and other oral health problems. Even exposure to secondhand smoke can make the risks of gum disease higher.
  • Hormones: Hormonal fluctuations can present additional risks of gum disease. Menstruation and pregnancy are two common causes of hormonal gingivitis. 
  • Genetics: Genetics has been demonstrated to be the source of increased risk of gingivitis. If you have a genetic history of oral health concerns, you may have a higher risk of gum disease. 
  • Medical Conditions:  Diabetes, heart disease, and other medical conditions can increase your risk of developing gum disease.
  • Medications: Several medications have been identified as creating gum diseases like symptoms and increasing the risk of gingival disease.

Gum disease is a severe dental condition that can lead to severe oral health complications if left untreated. The infection can create pockets in the gums known as abscesses and can cause bone loss in the jaw. If the infection continues to be untreated, the condition can even become life-threatening.

Why is Gum Disease Treatment Needed?

Gum disease begins as a mild condition called gingivitis, but if left untreated, it can progress to a more severe stage called periodontitis. This advanced stage can lead to tooth loss and has been linked to other health concerns such as heart disease and diabetes. Treating gum disease is crucial not only for oral health but also for overall well-being. Addressing the condition early can prevent extensive dental procedures in the future.

How Altoona Smiles Treats Gum Disease

Gum disease is an oral health concern faced by patients at every age. If you’re experiencing symptoms like those associated with gum disease, give our office a call for an appointment. You’ll receive a comprehensive exam combined with a discussion about your medical history. In some cases, it may be necessary to undergo dental imaging to get a full examination of your oral health.

What To Expect During Your Gum Disease Treatment Process at Altoona Smiles

Embarking on a journey towards optimal gum health? With Altoona Smiles by your side, here’s the step-by-step treatment process you’ll experience:

  • Consultation: The journey begins with an in-depth consultation where our doctors will evaluate the condition of your gums, understanding the severity and type of gum disease you might be facing. This helps determine the most appropriate treatment tailored to your unique needs.
  • Diagnosis: Using state-of-the-art tools, we’ll delve deeper into understanding the root cause and extent of your gum disease. This may involve periodontal probing to measure gum pockets, and in some cases, X-rays to examine underlying bone structure.
  • Tailored Treatment Planning: Based on the diagnosis, a personalized gum disease treatment plan is crafted. Whether it’s non-surgical treatments like scaling and root planing or more advanced interventions, our approach is always suited to offer you the best results.
  • Treatment Administration: With meticulous precision, our Altoona Team initiates the treatment, ensuring each step is performed with your comfort and the objective of optimal gum health in mind.
  • Post-Treatment Care: To maintain the results of your gum disease treatment and ensure continued gum health, periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled. This not only allows us to monitor the healing process but also provides an opportunity for you to raise any concerns or queries.
  • Maintenance and Prevention: Once the core treatment concludes, you’ll be equipped with a tailored oral care regimen. This ensures that the restored health of your gums is preserved, and potential recurrence of gum disease is kept at bay.

Trust in the expertise of Altoona Smiles to guide you through every phase of your gum health restoration journey.

A woman with healthy teeth and gums after receiving Gum Disease Treatment at Altoona Smiles


Ensuring gum health is pivotal. Here are steps to help you keep gum disease at bay:

  1. Maintain a robust oral hygiene routine, including regular brushing and flossing.
  2. Schedule routine check-ups with your dentist at Altoona Smiles.
  3. Refrain from smoking or using tobacco products.
  4. Eat a balanced diet to ensure optimal nutrient intake for gum health.
  5. Address dental issues promptly to prevent potential complications.


With timely intervention and appropriate gum disease treatment at Altoona Smiles, many patients see significant improvement in their gum health. By adhering to the guidance and recommendations of the Altoona Team, it’s possible to reverse the early stages of gum disease and maintain a healthy smile.

Your Oral Health Is Our Mission

Prioritize your gum health with the experts at Altoona Smiles. If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease or have concerns about your oral hygiene, we’re here to help. Get in touch with us at 515-200-1299 or request an appointment online to ensure your smile stays vibrant and healthy.