509-326-8039 Book An Appointment

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. Dr. Cory Gaunt 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.


  • Dr. Gaunt and the entire staff at Downriver Smiles are fantastic people. Very thorough, professional, caring and kind. The attention to detail and desire to leave me better than they found me makes this office a cut above. Thank you Downriver Smiles for being so thoughtful and helpful every time I come in.

    Jack D.
  • 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.
  • Dr. Gaunt replaced my two front crowns that I have had since I was 15 years old and now I am 59. He was very meticulous in sizing, shaping, fitting and color matching and spent adequate time to achieve those results. This is the best dental care I have ever had in my life. I highly recommend Downriver Smiles and their very friendly and caring staff.

    Tim A.


Skip footer

Contact Us

3404 W Northwest Blvd,
Spokane, WA 99205

8:00am - 5:00pm
8:00am - 5:00pm
7:00am - 5:00pm
7:00am - 4:00pm