I’ll try to be brief:
From 2006 - 2012, didn’t visit a dentist at all.
Visited a dentist in 2012, maybe one cavity, everything else looked healthy - no need for deep scaling, etc. (although that’s what the dentist prior told me I needed - I was young and instead decided to just not see a dentist for 6 years, but somehow didn’t need it upon my return to a new dentist?)
Been seeing the same dentist since 2012, first every 6 months, then every 3 months for the last 1.5 years.
According to them, my gum health is bad - I’ve “needed” deep scaling twice. (In that time, I’ve also had a filling drilled out and replaced, but I assume that’s not a hygiene-related issue.)
In the last 3 years, I’ve spent more time cleaning my teeth - flossing regularly, tried electric toothbrushes, use water flosser, etc. - and, according to my dentist, it is basically making no difference.
When I ask, “What should I be doing differently?” the response is always “Just keep doing what you’re doing.”
But what I’m doing is seeing a dentist 4 times a year at least (this year, if I keep up their desired schedule, it’d be 5 times since they again recommended (and I had) deep scaling in January.)
My insurance only covers 2 appointments per year.
I may go see another dentist in lieu of my appt. this month, since I’m going to have to pay out of pocket, but don’t want the new dentist to do X-rays, etc. - I just want a cleaning and a basic second opinion about the health of my teeth and gums.
Can someone with some experience tell me if this seems reasonable, if I’m being scammed, offer me some advice, etc.?