Gum Disease in Livermore, CA

Gum Disease: Hiding in Plain Sight

Protect Your Health and Wellness

  • Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth and bone loss.
  • Almost half of the U.S. adult population over the age of 30 has gum disease.
  • Gum disease is most prevalent in the elderly population, affecting over 70% of U.S. adults age 65 or older.
  • Most of these U.S. adults do not even know they have gum disease.

The 3 Stages of Gum Disease


  • Red, Swollen, Inflamed Gums
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Halitosis, or Bad Breath
  • Damage is Reversible


  • Receding Gums
  • Teeth that Appear Longer
  • Moving Teeth
  • Gaps Between Teeth
  • Pockets Between the Teeth & Gums
  • Irreversible Damage

Advanced Periodontitis

  • Loose Teeth
  • Teeth That Are Falling Out
  • Decrease in Bone Mass
  • Irreversible Damage

Together, we can beat gum disease. Learn about our treatment options.

The Importance of Regular Dental Checkups

By regularly visiting us for routine cleanings and checkups, you can keep bacteria at bay and diagnose gum disease in its earliest stages. Earlier diagnosis allows our team to remove the bacteria and reverse the effects of gum disease before they become permanent. Without treatment, gum disease progresses into periodontitis, which results in irreversible damage and increases your risk of:

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Pancreatic, Head and Neck Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Pre-term Labor
  • Low Birthweight Babies

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Dr. Richard Howes has been in practice since 1983, saving smiles while creating lasting relationships. As an active member of the Livermore community, he is dedicated to maintaining your family’s oral health. Dr. Howes and the team at Smiles by Design invite you to join their expanding family and partner with a team that always puts you first.

Get your oral health back on track by scheduling your dental appointment today.

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