My gums are pink and do not bleed from brushing or flossing and I have a few 4's in the back. I do have some irritation from irritating crown margins and hypersensitivity to dental materials. Why do dental hygienists push for deep cleaning? Have it done, they say, then come back every 3 months for a cleaning instead of twice a year. I'm always told I have hardly any tartar. Is it the extra money? I worry about getting any infection from previous patients because no matter how clean they try to be, there is always contamination and HIV is a big worry now. I ordered a Hydro Floss oral irrigator and highly recommend www.mamagums.com who is a dental hygienist who is big on baking soda, peroxide, and oral irrigators.
Well, I had the deep cleaning done and it was an expensive waste of time. I think it's just a scam to make a lot more money. She only did a couple of teeth in each quadrant and decided they were less than 4 mm deep. 2-3 is normal. She really could find any "pockets" so I am wondering why she kept pressuring me to have it done$$$$. But I did research gum disease and as a result learned that what I have are chronic allergic reactions going on around my metal crowns that can mimic gum disease in appearance. And I bought a Hydro-Floss oral irrigator as recommended by mamagums.com and I love it. Just remember not use it above a "5" setting and keep it moving while bending over the sink. People with gum disease report pockets healing up.
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