I had a dentist's appointment, this morning--the first check-up in a very long time (last cleaning was in '99 or '00). I need a significant cleaning, antibacterial mouthwash for really bad gingivitis, and will need a few new fillings, and a few old fillings replaced.
And apparently, the dentist's office will hand out electric toothbrushes with serious orthodontic work--which, apparently, mine qualifies as. The hygienist characterized cleaning half of my teeth as "aggressive cleaning"---because the worst of it was below the gum line.
Overall, worse than I hoped (where my wallet was concerned), but not nearly as bad as I feared (where my teeth are concerned). Although, I have decided that dentists should not have anything resembling a Dremmel tool for cleaning teeth. No, it didn't really hurt my teeth (for the most part), but the high-pitched whine transmitted through my jaw sure did hurt my ears.
3 hours ago