I’m not a gentle lady.
That is actually an understatement.
I don’t go to gyms and lift heavy weights because I learned that at the ripe ageof53.5 +after having spent almost 30years in a mostly sedentary job- my back isn’t thankful after a weight session.
My exercise routine consists of swimming 43*50 meters in the pool in an hour ( breaststroke. it’s known as the slowest stroke of all -that’s my excuse for not doing 50*50 meters in an hour). +running 6 kilometers 3 times a week+ going for a 6-kilometer walk- 5 times a week. and gardening -which includes lifting stuff that needs lifting around the garden. and stuff needs lifting.
But my exercise routine wasn’t the point. the point was- I’m not gentle. I do everything in the house- including opening a sewer clog using this metal “snake” of a thing, moving heavy furniture, and whatnot.
It’s not a big deal in my opinion, but where I live- I noticed women “wait for their husband to come home and take care of stuff like that”.
Honestly- it amazes me time and again.
Isn’t this exactly why they invented Youtube?
So women can learn how to change a car tire and open a clog in the sewer?
I admit I don’t like using power drills and power saws- I am clumsy and don’t trust myself to work safely enough, but I love fixing and building and painting stuff, and if something can be built by hand- I’ll be the first in line to try.
I think you get the picture -my hands aren’t gentle.
This means I break dishes while washing the- because I insist on applying the soap and scrubbing fiercely while quickly- and those buggers like to slip away, and it means I brush my teeth like my life hangs on it.
Growing up I saw my mother go through a lot of dental issues, and that made me a dental zealot.
My kids never missed a dental hygenist appointment, and I have a feeling that although they joke about my dental fixation -they will appreciate it someday. (!!)
So my dental routine consists of brushing my teeth twice a day with an electric brush + using dental toothpicks to make sure everything is clean.
And twice a year paying a visit to the dental hygenist and getting my teeth cleaned.
I am writing all this not because I think you want to know my dental routine (although- who knows??) or because I want to boast about my top-notch dental care.
No no no-no-no.
I’m writing to tell you that despite all that- my non-gentle brushing resulted in my gums receding to such a point where the hygenist couldn’t even touch a few areas without me squirming ( ok- more than squirming. I was vocal too).
So I went to see a periodontist (gum specialist in case you wondered-now you have another strange word for scrabble) and he made me go through an excruciating hour of dental photos, then told me that if I don’t stop scrubbing my teeth the way I do- I will need a gum implant soon.
And that- is no fun at all. and costs a lot too.
He told me to stop brushing my teeth with the electrical brush, and gave me this small and soft brush- kind of like the one kids use (when they are two years old or something) and told me to start brushing using 2 fingers only and applying 0000000 pressure on the brush.
At first, I thought he was joking.
2 fingers?? what can you achieve with 2 fingers??
But he seemed quite serious and said that If I want to avoid further deterioration in my gum situation- I’d better start paying attention.
He also said I needed to buy an even smaller toothbrush for the gap between my teeth and my gums and keep using the toothpicks -no slacking there- he said.
Now I hope you remember I’m not a dental professional- not a medical doctor nor a dental hygenist- so if you have a dental problem go see a pro -and anyway I think your teeth are so important that checking and getting them cleaned regularly is a priority.
I know it costs money- but what I found out in my 53.5 years of existence is that the money spent on prevention- is always a fraction of the money spent if matters deteriorate to the point of serious medical intervention. plus the pain and inconvenience are significantly lesser.
So if you happen to brush your teeth aggressively -my periodontist says: don’t!
No pressure people.
Enjoy- the cooliflower.
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