So I just went to a new dentist today, and she looked at my teeth for a little and said I needed deep cleaning. I'm only 15! I brush my teeth twice a day (morning and night) but I'll admit I don't floss. I know even some kids at my age don't brush at all sometimes and they probably still wouldn't need deep cleaning! I've never had deep cleaning before and I haven't changed the way I brush except I brush even better now. What is deep cleaning? Is it even right for a 15 year old? My new dentist runs on 5 reviews all with 1 star on Yelp, should I trust what they are saying?
I have seen teenagers that have needed a deep cleaning. And for different reasons.
Some have poor oral hygiene habits, some for other reasons like medications, genetics, etc.
Deep cleanings are indicated when peridontal disease is evident. There are several stages of severity of periodontal disease. The periodontal cleanings are necessary because it is impossible for you to clean as deeply as needed once periodontal disease starts.
Without knowing more about your case, it's not possible for me to know if you need it or not. Did she do a periodonal charting? Did she indicate how severe your periodontal problems are?
If you and your parents weren't given enough information to understand her recommended treatment, you have the right to ask for clarity. And by all means, if you don't get it, a second opinion is a good option.
I would recommend you to start flossing regardless of what your periodontal condition is, either to help your condition or prevent one in the future.
I hope this helps you.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.