After all of the holiday goodies and chocolates I had been consuming, I decided it was definitely high time to take a trip to the dentist for a cleaning. When you’re never in one place for a long time, getting all those little bits done – like seeing a dentist – become pushed to the end of the list until one day you realize its been… how long?!… since your last visit. Yeah, not good.
The school here provided me with a doctor’s name they like to work with, and who apparently has a dentist on his staff. After multiple phone calls to the doctor, and multiple responses about needing me to call back in a few days, I decided to go to a swanky place that I found online. It still cost me less than a dental cleaning back home and was probably the best cleaning I have ever had. Congrats, Ukraine, you got me again.
However, my one question about the whole appointment was when we discussed a proper toothbrushing technique. This has been a huge concern of mine for the past few years when I noticed increased sensitivity in my teeth, one or two in particular. I was then told by my American dentist that it was due to minor gum recession in those areas. Small circles they said. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I had heard many times when growing up that small circles was the proper technique, but I guess I didn’t quite understand that it was because an improper brushing technique could cause you to actually “brush away your gums”.
Who knew? I used to think that scrubbing the shnikeys out of them was the better way to go. After all, I always received rave reviews from my orthodontists and such about how great of a brushing job I did. Well, apparently I was wrong and have been administering the small, soft circles since.
Now, I get to Ukraine and am even more confused! They demonstrated yet another toothbrushing technique that didn’t involve any small circles whatsoever. They said to take the brush, start at the gums in one area, and stroke straight away from them maybe 5 or 6 times before moving to the next area. What?!
So, I immediately consulted the ADA website and found an animation on toothbrushing and of course it kind of showed more of the small circles technique. I’m so confused people. Any hygienists out there who can shed some light on this subject?!