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Receding gums are a sure sign of periodontal disease. Gums that become irritated by plaque and tartar buildups recede away from the teeth, leaving deep pockets. These pockets are ripe areas for bacteria to proliferate and cause even more serious oral health problems. Dr. Cory Gaunt and our skilled team at Downriver Smiles provide professional receding gum treatment at our state-of-the-art dental clinic in western Spokane, WA.

While some other factors can contribute to receding gums, the most common cause is periodontal disease from poor or inadequate oral hygiene. Sporadic brushing, flossing and neglecting professional exams and cleanings allow plaque and tartar to build up along the gum line and in hard-to-reach places. As bacteria grows and creates infection, this irritates the gums, causing them to recede from the base of the teeth.

If this condition is allowed to continue without treatment, your teeth will loosen and eventually fall out, as they lose support from the gums and infection runs rampant. Before allowing this to happen and require more extensive and expensive measures, come to Downriver Smiles for receding gum treatment.

Relief for Bleeding or Swollen Gums

When your gums begin to bleed or swell, it is a sign of advancing periodontal disease. If you notice blood when you rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth and brushing and flossing are painful, it’s past time to begin gum disease treatment. Dr. Gaunt and our hygienist at Downriver Smiles can diagnose the level and progression of your gum disease and begin the proper treatments right away.

The sooner you begin periodontal therapy, the sooner you can reverse these symptoms and restore your teeth and gums to good health. Some common treatments for receding, bleeding and swollen gums are advanced professional cleanings that include scaling to clear away all plaque and tartar. Then, root planing smooths the surface of the teeth to allow the gums to reattach as they heal from irritation and infection.

If you have receding gums, schedule an appointment at Downriver Smiles today to receive advanced periodontal treatment. Bleeding or swollen gums are signs that treatment is needed without delay. Our team will do everything possible to help you enjoy prolonged oral health in Spokane.


  • 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.


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