Don't be scammed! This could save you hundreds of dollars.
I'm telling you guys this because I was almost scammed and I don't want it happening to ya'll. So a month ago, I see a new dentist due to an insurance change. They did a gum health check where they poke under your gums and call out numbers. 1,2, and 3s are good. 4, 5, and 6 are not good. I had quite a few 4s and 5s. The hygenist said she could not do a regular cleaning and needs to do an expensive $600 "deep cleaning" aka "scaling". They told me to schedule another day to do it and I would need to be numbed in my gums. (anesthesia is very expensive!). They were very "alarmist" and acted like it was all serious. Well, dh and I were skeptical and we researched what all this is. I decided to schedule with another dentist who goes to our church and who has been an acquaintance of dh's family for many years. This last month I have been flossing almost every evening. Today I had my appointment. They did the same exact poke test and my 4s and 5s have turned into 1,2, and 3s. I only had 2 4s. This hygenist simply took her little scraper and she said "you have just a little plaque under that gum. I took care of that." No numbing, no $600 procedure needed.
Ladies, if a dentist tells you you need an expensive deep cleaning or "scaling" DON'T believe them! Go get a $3 pack of floss instead! My gums fixed themselves after just a few weeks of flossing, no expensive cleaning needed!! Many dentists will try to upsell you so they can make money so do your research!