Tales from an Aggressive Brusher

This probably won't come as a surprise to most of you, but I'm an aggressive brusher. I brush so aggressively, in fact, that I'm slowly wearing away the enamel on my teeth. Not to mention, the damage I've done to my poor gums. I go to the dentist every 6 months & every 6 months they tell me to lay off & they give me a 6-month supply of baby toothbrushes. Seriously. I think if they actually let me use a real toothbrush, I wouldn't brush so hard. It's just a theory....

So about once or twice a year, I really go at it & my gums swell up. The last time I did this, it hurt so bad, I actually went to the dentist. I had an exposed nerve. I brushed so hard, I not only pushed my gum down, I exposed a nerve. Seriously, people. I have a problem.

So last night I was laying on the couch & noticed the left side of my face was kind of tingly & sore. Hmmm, probably slept too long on my left side Sat. night. Whatever. I had forgotten about it this morning until I flossed. Do you know the pain of hitting an inflamed gum with a mean string of dental floss? No? Well, let me tell you. It's hurts like a motherf*cker (sorry, Mom). It brought tears to my eyes. I've spent all day avoiding using the left side of my mouth, but it still hurts. In fact, the entire left side of my head & neck hurts. Great. I just popped 2 ibuprofen, so maybe that will help.

Let this be a cautionary tale to all you brushers out there. Be kind to your gums.

John's dad

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