Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It is typically characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing. Gums can begin to recede, and if gingivitis is not treated in time, it can progress to a much more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis. Luckily, when gum disease has only reached the gingivitis stage, it is highly treatable and much of the damage can be reversed. A periodontal scaling is one such treatment that is designed to treat gingivitis before it progresses into periodontitis.
Scaling refers to the process of our Los Angeles periodontist scraping away the plaque and the tartar from above and below the gumline. Scaling is usually done in conjunction with root planing as a form of conservative treatment that acts as the first line of defense against the beginnings of gum disease. Root planing is very similar to periodontal scaling, but it focuses on removing plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the tooth root. Plaque and tartar are the leading causes of tooth decay, and in turn gum disease, and periodontal scaling is one of the most effective methods for removing them. By removing the plaque and tartar from along the gumline, it encourages the gums to more snugly attach to the teeth.
If you think you may have some of the symptoms of gingivitis, contact our expert in periodontal scaling in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation.