Gum disease is caused when plaque builds up on teeth, and it worsens when that plaque continues to build up and harden into tartar. The first step to eliminating gum disease is to clear away this buildup from the teeth where gum disease is present.
Scaling is the removal of built-up calculus from the teeth where gum disease is expressed. Dr. Anand Patel uses a specialized tool to fully remove all plaque and tartar above and below the gum line. This is important because gum disease does not only eat away at the gums but deteriorates the jaw bone if it is allowed to spread, resulting in the loss of teeth. Teeth scaling prevents the gum and bone structure from becoming too weak to support your smile.