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Old 03-20-2019, 08:50 AM
 
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That's a huge red flag. I wouldn't go back until I got a second opinion, that just doesn't sound right.
I totally agree with 2sleepy^^ - that just does not sound right.
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Old 03-20-2019, 12:12 PM
 
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alright thanks for the replies. ill guess ill get the 2nd half done. just weird because I dont bleed when I floss and my gums are nice and pink. ive had probes done before but always read 2 and 3 then this new dentist (never saw her before) all of the sudden was reading ALL 5s

my gums feel no different after the deep cleaning on the right side as to my left and they are still pink and tight but w/e i guess ill get a deep cleaning if they truly dont scam about this stuff.

I just remember going to a dentist many years ago and they said I needed a deep cleaning, so I went to another dentist and she said my teeth were perfect
That isn't a "red flag" as people here are saying...it means your gums aren't as healthy now as they were before, when they read 2 and 3. It's not rocket science.

Some dentists will probe your gums regularly to check for gum health, others won't. The ones that do are concerned about gum health (they are prevention oriented); the ones that don't are more concerned about looking for cavities (they are restorative oriented).
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Old 03-20-2019, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Texas
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If you are concerned, then get a second opinion with a different dentist. But definitely don't put off getting the cleaning done if you need it. Some dentists do recommend unnecessary procedures (that's an unfortunate fact). But if you have periodontal disease or the beginning stages it is too risky. I just got my gum cleaning done and it was no big deal. I have some 5s also. I've been taking Vitamin C and calcium to help.
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Old 03-21-2019, 08:00 AM
 
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1) Bleeding gums are not healthy gums. No part of your body should bleed simply by lightly touching it.
2) Periodontal probing should not hurt if the gums are healthy. It hurts when the gums are inflamed.
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Old 03-21-2019, 05:47 PM
 
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That isn't a "red flag" as people here are saying...it means your gums aren't as healthy now as they were before, when they read 2 and 3. It's not rocket science.

Some dentists will probe your gums regularly to check for gum health, others won't. The ones that do are concerned about gum health (they are prevention oriented); the ones that don't are more concerned about looking for cavities (they are restorative oriented).
Right- some dentists are trained to do periodontal work and some do not. If you select one that doesn’t do periodontal work, then they’ll only look at you teeth and mention glaring gum issues that require referral to a periodontist.

Plus, a lot can change in a year or two depending on diet, brushing/flossing habits, or other health issues that can affect your mouth (such as medications that cause dry mouth, thrush or reflux issues). For example, I have had some reflux issues recently and have noticed that my gums are now more sensitive. It is getting better and it seems like the bleeding issues are also going down when I floss.
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Old 03-21-2019, 08:46 PM
 
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The best solution is to remove every other tooth. This gives room to fit a toothbrush between the teeth and keep the remaining teeth healthy.
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Old 03-21-2019, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The best solution is to remove every other tooth. This gives room to fit a toothbrush between the teeth and keep the remaining teeth healthy.
No, that is not the best solution for the OP's situation.
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Old 03-22-2019, 04:47 AM
 
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No, that is not the best solution for the OP's situation.
Toofache is clearly tongue in cheek- he’s a dentist.
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Old 03-22-2019, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Not a scam. Whatever you do, don’t ignore the early signs, or you’ll wind up with no teeth. If someone hasn’t mentioned it already, get yourself a water pic and use it faithfully. It’s better than flossing and it is good for stimulating the gums.
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Old 03-22-2019, 06:57 AM
 
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The water pic is a good idea. I recently started using one. It can clean the deep pockets of the gums that ordinary floss cannot.
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