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My toes curled, my knuckles were white, I almost crushed my glasses.
I apologised for being such a wimp.
And when I rinsed, the sink was full of blood!
So I asked when she said to book another appointment in 6 months if I would end up with teeth like Simon Cowells if I kept up with the appointments. She asked me if I really wanted teeth like his. I think it would be nice to be able to walk up my garden path at night without the aid of a torch and reduce my carbon footprint.
Anyway, it cost me £41 - my teeth do look whiter than before.
brush eat tooth front, back and top with an electric toothbrush for 3 seconds on each surface, then do the Teepee sic times back and forth - my teeth are in such good conditon since I started doing this once a day and a normal clean (3 secs on each surface) once a day.
Oh - my dentist does that for me. Can be a bloodbath sometimes when she gets her little sandblaster thing out!! Well, it feels like a sandblaster anyway. I hate having tartar scraped. But dentist herself is lovely.
Mine has a water gun thing that does everything. No scary scraping. i love going. She told me she is always seeing doddery olf folk with tartar encrusted dentures and constantly has to resist the urge to put them in a half Nelson and whip offending gnashers out.
argh, dental hygienists, argh! no, they do a good job but it can hurt like stink if you have any kind of sensitive teeth or gum disease. Gum disease leads to the bleeding. They attack dodgy bits of your gum to help the tissues, apparently. And remove tartar/ plaque, which can sometimes be right down to the gum line so the metal pick they use can nick the diseased tissues.
FLOSSING is the key to pain prevention - I have to use satin tape as normal floss gets stuck between my teeth (which are too close together). Flossing is great - interdental brushes/sticks are also great. EVERYONE should floss.
I love my hygenist, and dentist. I only get a tiny bit of tartar between two teeth that are snaggly - I spend at least 10 minutes brushing my teeth every night - then I floss and then I use a good mouthwash.
I want my teeth to last my whole life, as I like them!
If you've ever wondered why you should floss, just smell the floss strip afterwards!!! (TMI) [barf emoticon]
I think I have to pay more every time I go to the hygienist - the price seems to go up every 6m! And I can't believe the rate of increase on white fillings as well; and dentists claim they are badly off.
I had a root filling done by an entodontist the other week, 2 hours and cost £500!!!! . She did a great job but still - that's more than most lawyers charge!