Need regular cleanings because of excessive tarter

Q: I got gum disease from smoking. Pockets are 5mm. I was warned it would happen. I need to get my teeth cleaned three times a year because of excessive tarter. I received one scaling and deep cleaning, but that did not remove the tarter. They said they couldn’t clean my teeth. How can I get this tarter removed if nobody will clean my teeth? I can’t believe my hygienist would leave me with massive amounts of tarter on my bottom teeth. What can I do to get routine cleaning and polishing? Perhaps a college will do it? I’m in the prime of my life. My confidence has gone down. This is wrong. Please help.

A: Can you get to a Periodontist (gum specialist)? Do you live in an area with a dental school? It sounds like you need another opinion for an appropriate treatment plan. Don’t give up hope.

Posted in Effects of Gum Disease, Gum Disease, Scaling and Root Planing, Tobacco Use

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