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Periodontal scaling is not pleasant but sometimes necessary for those who are in the early to late stages of gum disease. First of all, gum disease is no joking matter and must be dealt with the moment it is found to prevent the spread of infection. Because gum disease is not painful, it is sometimes difficult for people to detect if there’s a problem. Here are some symptoms and conditions of gum disease to watch out for:

  1. Bleeding or swollen gums while brushing teeth.
  2. Gums are constantly red or tender.
  3. The gums begin to pull away from the teeth.
  4. Pus between the teeth and gums.
  5. Loose teeth
  6. Chronic bad breath
  7. A difference in the way your teeth fit together when biting or loose partial dentures.

Should any of these symptoms occur to anyone in the area, there is a treatment called periodontal scaling to help reverse the conditions. Once the gum disease has begun deteriorating the gum and bone around the teeth, a process to stop the infection from spreading will be required. Periodontal scaling requires time-consuming plaque and tartar removal that are causing the infection below the gum line. Root planning helps smooths the root surfaces and allows the gum tissue to heal and reattach itself to the tooth. This process may require one to several sessions depending on the severeness of the gum disease.