My dentist won’t clean my teeth is it normal?

The dentists where I live now won’t give me a basic teeth cleaning because they think I need a deep under the gum cleaning. Ok, but I’m in no hurry to spend $600 on that and I’d still like to have my teeth cleaned. I never encountered this sort of thing with my previous dentist. I could have my teeth cleaned same day as the exam. Not where I live now. Is this a big city thing or the way it is everywhere now?

Is It Normal?
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  • My dentist once said that so I got the good stuff and tools and did it myself. Went in next visit and told him, he said okay and pretended he never told me about the cleaning. Then went about a normal cleaning and even complimented my teeth and gums 😏

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    • What did you use/how did you do it? What they would do involves numbing the gums during.

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      • Really numbing? I just went on Amazon and typed in tooth cleaning tools and got one of those kits for $10 or so. Then I just went to town.

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  • I'd get a 2nd opinion on if you need a deep under the gum cleaning.

    If you actually need it; then the sooner you spend the money for it the less likely you will have many thousands of dollars of future dental bills; and they may not be able to save some of your teeth.

    My wife needed a deep cleaning when she immigrated to the USA due to the poor dental care available in her home country. It really helped a lot and her gums are so much nicer looking now.

    She also needed a fair amount of other dental work; and a special $4000 set for her front teeth (they never came in right - these are a special crown that slipped over her existing teeth and were glued in place - but look natural).

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    • I called another dentist office recently to try again but they also do the exam first and then determine what type of cleaning you get and you come back and do that another day. I didn’t make an appointment because they’ll probably tell me the same thing afterward. I’m not necessarily opposed to getting it done at some point, but not sure that’s where my $600 needs to go right now.

      I would like to get my teeth cleaned. Last time I went to the dentist I had no cavities. I brush and floss very consistently. Hard to believe I need a deep cleaning but maybe I do, since I never got my wisdom teeth out.

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  • No it's a big hustle in both large cities and small towns. Buy yourself a water flosser, put baking soda in it and go to town on your gums. Do this nightly and your dentist will be begging for your money. You will have proud negative zero needy gums. Just expect to buy a new waterpik every 6 months because the machine says not to use baking soda, but hey $80 twice a year beats judgy dentists wanting thousands of dollars to tell you both yours, and their practices sucked before.

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    • Is that so? How well does this work on teeth? Does it whiten them? I haven't gone to dentist in forever due to cost since I'm. Osy interested in this

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      • It whitens, you're blasting everything with pressurized baking soda water. You might need something else if you have decades of red wine and coffee though.

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    • Re:Ummitsstillme Did your dentist actually test or whatever later and decide you have healthy gums?

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      • Yeah she did, and said my gums and teeth looked perfect, and still insists I let her crew clean every 6 months, even though admitadly I'm doing everything they can do.

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  • I think they're worried about gum disease if you develop it you might try to blame them. My mom had to have that special gum cleaning and yes it's super expensive and painful. But she had issues already.
    Everything's about not getting sued.

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    • How long did it take her to recover?

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  • Perhaps you could tell your dentist that you can't afford the deep cleaning right now, but you would still like to get a regular cleaning done. Maybe try to find out if there's a way to finance the deep cleaning?

    You can always try to go to another dentist for a second opinion, but if the second one agrees with the first one then that of course means the first one was most likely correct in their initial assessment. Gingivitis is a real thing, and if left untreated it can cause tooth loss later in life.

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  • That deep cleaning is a racket. Just tell them you can’t afford it and you want a regular cleaning.

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    • Apparently it’s their way or nothing. So frustrating.

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