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Scaling is just a deep cleaning, including under the gums. It gets rid of plaque and the germs that are causing your periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease does not produce symptoms like swelling, pain, or pus. Your gums recede, your teeth get loose, and eventually they fall out if you don't get treatment.
Brushing with abrasive stuff like baking soda and salt will mess up your mouth, IMHO. Use the softest toothbrush possible, a bit of toothpaste, and brush as gently as you can for 2 minutes. Fluoride is not going to destroy your gums, but brushing with salt definitely could.
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