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Is someone who has smoked for 20 years and hasn’t had a cleaning in 12 years too hard to be a board patient? They have subgingival calculus and not much supra but I feel like it is so tenacious and my instructors don’t give me much guidance about if I should use this patient or not. Any thoughts?

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It’s hard to say without seeing the patient myself! What I would suggest is scaling a quad, in the amount of time your clinical board would give, then have your instructors check for residual calculus to see if you can do it. Or if you have mock boards, use this patient and see how it goes to decide if you want to use them for the real thing. Instructors don’t give much guidance because patient selection and the ability to detect calculus, then make a clinical decision, is all part of the process. It’s actually to help you learn, even though it seems frustrating now. The worst that could happen is you fail; then you pick yourself up, learn from your mistakes, and try again. Good luck!

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