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9. Make my teeth as healthy as I can.

8 November 2006: Well, this is a good news story, on the whole . I had my wisdom tooth out. I asked my dentist for advice on toothbrushes, and he said 'get the dual handle set of the Oral-B 5000; it's a great toothbrush at a great price'. I got mine from Boots, but Amazon do it as cheap as two battery operated toothbrushes, and it really is much better.

I also discovered TePe interdental brushes. These are both easier to use and more effective than flossers. Anyway, the conclusion is that my dentist was impressed by how well I was doing at keeping plaque off my teeth, and doesn't need to see me again until my regular checkup. So all is well and I am counting this as completed.

16 September 2006: It gets worse. Now that the gum inflammation is lessening, it's easier for my dentist to tell what is wrong with my teeth. So, I need a wisdom tooth out. But several of my other teeth feel loose, which is all rather depressing. Hmm.

3 August: I've now had half the treatment, so my mouth looks lopsided, and been given lots of instructions about implementing an oral hygiene regimen that would take about 30 minutes a day. "As healthy as I can" doesn't, I think, include actual obsession.

My children blindsided me. I took them to the dentist for a checkup, and they asked the dentist if he'd give me a checkup too. So he did! And of course, I need several painful and expensive visits, the first of which is booked for Thursday 3 August. So this is now started.

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