Scaling is the removal of tartar deposits or calculus from the teeth, both above and below the gum line. We deliver this treatment in units of time. The duration of each unit is 15 minutes. The amount of scaling required by each client varies but can range from four to 16+units per year. Scaling to remove the hard deposits imbedded in the tooth structure is one of the ways we interrupt the biofilm and decrease mouth bacteria. To maintain healthy teeth and gums we need to stabilize the bacterial flora in the mouth. In doing so we arrest the process of inflammatory disease and reduce the destruction that can follow when the disease is active and out of control.