Red, swollen gums are a red flag for one thing: gum disease. If you have the symptoms, you’re not alone. More than 80% of adults have some form of gum disease. Fortunately, there are many effective and pain-free treatments. The mildest form of gum disease is gingivitis, and treatment typically involves a thorough dental cleaning followed by daily brushing and flossing. Advanced gum disease, or periodontal disease, requires scaling and root planing to remove stubborn deposits below the gum line.If non-surgical methods of gum disease treatment are ineffective, a gingivectomy, or periodontal surgery, may be necessary.