I am 26 years old and brush my teeth twice , and have historically had very good oral health. I last visited the dentist and had a cleaning a year and a half ago, but since then I have not flossed.
I recently moved went to a new dentist and was told that I would need deep gum cleaning (scaling and root planning) done over two sessions. After researching online, I'm starting to doubt whether I truly need this, and instead simply have a moderate case of gingivitis. I have started flossing again thoroughly and, although there was a little bleading at first, it has progressively gotten better. I'm also getting worried about the post-deep cleaning consequences, such as unstoppable bleeding, etc.
Should I trust this dentist and proceed with the procedure? Or how can I get a second opinion or diagnose this myself?
Some additional notes: my gums are not red or swollen, but rather light pink. I have noticed slightly receding gums on one or two front teeth, but I was brushing very hard with a medium toothbrush (which I have stopped).
Any guidance will truly help. I just want to be sure I am not being taken advantage of.
Hi, I'm around your same age. I would definately get a second opinion. Do you notice that while, during, or after you brush your teeth your gums feel irritated. Mine used too. It was the conventional fluoridated toothpaste. It is so full of chemicals and poisions including abrasives, soap like ingredients (found in shampoos) and neurotoxic fluoride, parabems etc. Look on the back of the tube where it tells you what to do if you swallow more than a pea sized amount. (call the Poison control). I now use Natures gate toothpaste and oh my gosh. Their is no itching, burning or irritation and no heartburn afterwards. You will have to go to a health food store like Trader Joes, Earthfare etc to find it. A tube costs 4-5.00 dollars. Also their is no nasty lingering off taste that conventional toothpaste leaves.
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