This branch of dentistry focuses on evaluating the health of your gums and helps prevent against gingivitis and the later stage of gingivitis called periodontitis. Periodontitis is an inflammation of the gum tissues that builds over time. The bacteria in our mouth can cause inflammation of these tissues, which in turn create painful “pockets” around the roots of our teeth. Unfortunately, these “pockets” breed infection and can also become filled with plaque. At Harbourview Dental Centre, we offer full mouth debridement, which is a deeper cleaning that goes beyond the gum line and also root planing which removes built-up tarter, plaque and bacteria from around the roots of your teeth and from the source of the inflammation.