Hi all, So, I think this topic has been posted before, but I wanted to get some fresh answers to the topic of how real some of these problems are that dentists claim that you have. Last week, I went to a new dentist on a new barebones limited insurance I have (only covers dental exam, not even basis prophylaxis), and I came out with a recommendation that I needed $3000 of dental work to fix my supposedly god awful horrible teeth. I've had this story unloaded on me before, and it is really truly nerve- wrecking since you never know if they are telling the truth or not. The problem is that the dentist's bread and butter is made by telling you you have crappy teeth - and if they think you have money (I am not wealthy, but I drive a nice car and wear nice clothes) I am sure they use this to decide what is "wrong" with me. Here are the problems given - I'd like a honest and frank opinion from any qualified prof's on the board who have a better conscience and no need to worry about making a buck off of me: 1) Impacted wisdom teeth pull - I have 2 impacted wisdom teeth and I have had 3 past dentists claim that this can cause tartar buildup inside and next to the adjoining tooth and have had suggestions to have them pulled along with the top two. What is the truth? Is this is a medical danger? 2) Deep cleaning - I have been told in the last two visits that I am not flossing enough and that my tooth pockets have gotten too big and need deep cleaning. I don't feel any particular pain, although I will admit, I do have a mild tinginess in my gums because I went a few weeks without flossing (my mistake) and my gums have become really soft, so when I floss now, my gums bleed. However, I'm back on a daily floss plan - do I really need a deep clean? Is there some way I can tell myself how bad my teeth are? What is the truth? Is this a medical danger? 3) Cavities - 4 dentists ago, I had no cavities. 3 dentists ago, nearly every tooth had a cavity. I did nothing about it. 2 dentists ago, I had no cavities once again. Last week, I had 4 cavities, one requiring a root canal and crown. Quite ironically, it happens that 2 of the cavities are on my wisdom tooth so the dentist recommended its all the more reason to have them pulled! Which is interesting, because in one sentence she said food rarely goes back to the rear of the teeth so I shouldn't feel bad about having them pulled, and in the next one she is saying that I have cavities back there. I use a home flouride treatment periodically and have generally not had any particular sensitivity to foods except for extreme cold and hot (which I think everyone has). Is there some way I can tell myself how bad my teeth are? What is the truth? Is this a medical danger? I appreciate any guidance, self-checks, home therapies, that you can suggest. I don't want to damage my teeth beyond repair, but then again, if it weren't for the dentist, looking at my teeth in the mirror, the only thing I can spot visually is a) my back teeth are in fact impacted but I don't know if that's really a problem and b) my gums have softened because I was off the flossing for a while, so they bleed when I floss now, again, I don't know if that's fixable by just resuming the flossing. Please provide any advice you have. Thanks.