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I pride myself on having a healthy mouth. I have no fillings - not a single one! I floss twice a day. I brush at least twice a day. I have my teeth cleaned twice a year. So today I went in for my 6 month cleaning and was scheduled with someone new. Not “new” but new to this dentist’s office. After nearly an hour of agony and bleeding I almost stopped the cleaning and got out of her chair. She commented on how much my gums were bleeding; which rarely happens. She said I had so much plaque that she had to really scrape; I’m used to a combination of scraping and ultrasonic cleaning. And when it was all over, she didn’t call the dentist in to check her work. In 6 years going to this office that has never happened.

Well I was not going to just leave without saying something to her. I told her that I’ve never had that much bleeding during a cleaning and believe it was because she was too aggressive with the dental tools. I also told her that I couldn’t believe that the other woman in the office had done such a horrible job of cleaning my teeth over the past 6 years that she had that much accumulated plaque to scrape off.

I haven’t had that much pain at the dentist in a very long time.

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      Yana Berlin wrote Dec 9, 2010
    • Sorry to hear that Cynthia.  

      I’m impressed no fillings???? WOW, I don’t think I have one tooth without it frown  and as much as I would like to give credit to your cleaning and flossing, I think you are in luck girl...it’s all about genetics.

      I hope you find another hygienist, and I urge you to talk to your dentist. He should know that you were not happy with the cleaning.



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      Max0125 wrote Dec 10, 2010
    • Congrats on not having any fillings!

      I am concerned that you experienced that much bleeding. I agree with Yanna. Calling the dentist or writing a brief note detailing your experience and that his dental hygienist may need some retraining. Also, if he is a good dentist, he may not realize that the hygienist may be harming his business.

      Good luck!



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      Mybludragonfly wrote Dec 10, 2010
    • Hi Cynthia,
      I worked in a dental office for twenty years, and that is just wrong of her, and unprofessional.  I would definately let the office know about your experience.  That is what gives dentistry a bad name unfortunately - is people like that. And I would have them make a note in your chart that you do not want her cleaning your teeth again. Hopefully she won’t be there, maybe she was a temp or something.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Dec 10, 2010
    • OUCH!!!!!!

      I am more afraid of the Hygenist than I am of a surgeon!!!!! And for reason.....
      I had the same thing happen to me and when I talked to my dentist about the way their new hygenist cleaned my teeth she was appalled. She also proscribed me tylenol 3 (it was like 3 days worth) and I never seen that hugenist there againestatic



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      Mary Clark wrote Dec 10, 2010
    • My brother in law is a dentist in Augusta,GA.  My niece, his daughter, is his hygenist.  First....a dentist is ALWAYS to check behind the hygenist after she cleans your teeth.  Second, I cannot believe that you had that much plaque on your teeth all of a sudden when you have such great dental habits.  Flossing and brushing are the key.  The only reason your gums should bleed is if there is plaque build up...not because the person cleaning them is so aggresive and I know some are! She just sounds like a bad hygenist!!

      And I wish I could say I had no cavities too but I had my share when I was a small child.  Now they can put on sealants on their teeth to protect them.  But a word of advice...if you have the silver/dark fillings that are 25+ old...don’t take them out unless you have to because according to my brother in law...they are much better than the new material that is used even though those are clear.
      I will say I have not had but maybe 1-2 cavities as an adult and again that was years and years ago.  I would like to say I have very good teeth. And it is about genetics too.

      Sorry that happen Cynthia...find another hygenist or even a dentist!



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 10, 2010
    • I don’t have any fillings, Mary. I’ve never had a cavity. Thanks for chiming in, Ladies. I was hoping to hear some thoughts. I wasn’t sure if I was just being a baby or if there was something wrong with the way she cleaned my teeth.

      And, thank you, mybludragonfly for your opinion from a professional’s perspective. I appreciate it!estatic



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      Suzann wrote Dec 10, 2010
    • Cynthia, sorry to hear you had such an awful experience. I had a dentist person once who was aggressive like that, with blood all over the place, and I totally changed to a gentler place. I think the old way of thinking was the aggressive thing, and now more and more people are getting away from that and into the sonic cleaning you mentioned, and the gentler manual approach.

      You‘re doing great, Cynthia. Glad you spoke up.



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      UK Girl wrote Dec 10, 2010
    • Cynthia considering you work with chocolate that is a miracle - my Alice has no fillings I think your both lucky ...

      I would complain honey as she was wrong plus all that bleeding make sure she has damaged your gums so you don’t end up with an infection ohhhh



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      Kandykahne 5 wrote Dec 10, 2010
    • Sorry that happened to you Cynthia! I don’t have any fillings either! When our old dentist left and we had to find a new one the first time I went, his wife cleaned my teeth and she did the same thing to me. I never had that happen before plus she was sick and I ended up getting sick a few days later. I was pretty peeved and when I made my next appointment I requested another hygenist and she has been great. She is the only one that I will let clean my teeth. If the other hygenist is still at your dentists office and you liked her then I would ask for her from now on or find another dentist.



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      Marya1961 wrote Dec 10, 2010
    • Cynthia, congrats to you on no fillings..I have two and unfortunately I had to have them replaced with the new material as the silver had actually broken in half and I lost half of my molar, so needless to say I opted to replace the other too..some hygienists are rough and some are wonderfully gentle...I hope you do not have to deal with that particular woman again!heart



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      Mzd3 wrote Dec 10, 2010
    • Sorry you had to go through that, I would definately let the Dr. know about her.



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