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Many adults suffer from some level of periodontal disease, most without even knowing it. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, occurs when plaque and tartar are allowed to build upon the teeth. These substances are ripe areas for bacteria to set in and affect the surrounding gum tissue. The gums often become inflamed and separate from the teeth, allowing infection to invade even deeper. Without general dental treatment, gum disease results in tooth loss and can affect your overall health. Downriver Smiles offers professional treatment for gum disease in Spokane.

While there are some other factors that increase your risk of developing gum disease, such as genetics or medications, most periodontal disease is a result of poor oral hygiene. Avoiding regular professional exams and cleanings and/or skipping your routine home oral care allows plaque and tartar to accumulate on the teeth. This plaque and tartar harbor bacteria that works its way along and below the gumline. The result is various stages of gum disease.

Gum disease can be reversed with treatment. Of course, catching it early means less invasive treatment and a faster return to good oral health. More advanced periodontal disease may require more invasive and extensive periodontal therapy, like root planing and scraping or medications. Extreme cases may require oral surgery.

Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease

The symptoms of periodontal disease include red, inflamed and painful gums, and many with gum disease struggle with bad breath, or halitosis. The gums can also bleed, especially when brushing. This is caused by a bacterial infection that feeds on diseased tissue, plaque and tartar. our dentists and the team at Downriver Smiles in Spokane can diagnose your level of periodontal disease and prescribe an appropriate level of treatment.

This can often require more frequent dental appointments for deeper professional cleanings and other therapies that work to restore your teeth and gums to better health. This can prevent tooth loss, other oral complications and impact to your general health. Don’t wait for painful or bleeding gums to signal that you have an oral health problem. Contact Downriver Smiles in Spokane today to schedule a dental exam and professional cleaning.


Downriver Smiles
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Pat ShelleyPat Shelley
02:13 02 Dec 23
Thoroughly professional.
Cheryl LaneCheryl Lane
02:15 01 Dec 23
William BurgermyerWilliam Burgermyer
02:15 30 Nov 23
Very professional and caring people
Ted AkedTed Aked
02:59 29 Nov 23
Nice pleasant office, no pressure, friendly gentle cleaning! Thanks!
Michael DealMichael Deal
02:43 29 Nov 23
I really appreciated the detail explanation of the services. Truly welcoming.
Rachael PetersonRachael Peterson
01:53 19 Oct 23
Dr. Gaunt is the best! This is the first dentist that I have had a good experience with. I had a root canal done and was so nervous, they made me comfortable and had it done within an hour. I would definitely recommend Downriver smiles!
Vyrdi OVyrdi O
04:26 10 Oct 23
I had the worst dental anxiety before going to Dr. Gaunt years ago- to the point I let my teeth go until they were breaking, in need of numerous fillings, root canals, and extractions. Dr. Gaunt was by far the best dentist I have ever had; he explained everything in as much detail as I required, made me comfortable with any procedure and has won my and my family's business throughout the years with his excellent care and demeanor. Dr. Gaunt and all his wonderful staff are a joy to work with and I can guarantee our continued visits in the years to come for any work my family requires. Thank you Downriver Smiles staff!
Cinda SchusterCinda Schuster
16:04 28 Sep 23
Dr Gaunt is a great dentist. I have been seeing him for years he always does a great job. I always feel confident in his care.The staff at Downriver Smiles Dentistry is always helpful & kind.
Lori AspenleiterLori Aspenleiter
04:40 12 Sep 23
Dr Guant is a great Dentist! He is very friendly, professional, thorough, compassionate and never ever rushes. He answers any of your questions or concerns! He spends extra time and does outstanding work! The office staff is very friendly and accommodating! Highly recommend Downriver Smiles!
Patty McGinnisPatty McGinnis
01:17 07 Sep 23
The employees at Shadle Smiles are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!
  • The employees at Shadle Smiles [Downriver] are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!

    Patty M.
  • Best dentist in Spokane! Don’t look any further! I chipped my front tooth and they got me in the next day! Left with a beautiful smile and my wallet still intact! I wasn’t an existing patient, but I am now! Awesome environment and extremely friendly staff! 10/10 hands down would recommend!

    Cortney G.
  • Downriver Smiles is amazing! They provide the kind of experience that we all hope for when going to the dentist. Everyone there is caring and takes all the time needed to make sure you are comfortable and that your questions are answered. Dr. Harding is wonderful! I would never want to go anywhere else.

    Chris B.
  • Dr. Harding is gentle and thorough in his care. He always explains what he is doing and why. Great office staff, too.

    Sheri D.


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