dental scalingDental scaling is an effective, non-surgical way to treat gum disease, otherwise known as periodontitis. It is a relatively painless procedure when a scaling instrument ( a scaler) is used to remove the plaque, calculus and stain from the crown and root surfaces of teeth, returning the patient to a state of periodontal health. If left untreated, inflammation caused by the bacteria in plaque and tartar build-up can cause gingivitis, and eventually periodontal disease that leads to resorption of the bone around the tooth. This, in advanced stages leads to loss of support and loosening of the teeth.

In order to maintain the health of the tooth and gums, it is crucial that you exercise an optimal oral hygiene following the procedure. Information on how to properly care for your teeth and gums can be obtained by contacting our dentist or hygienist at our Lynn Valley office in North Vancouver.