Receding youth

27 Apr
Whether it’s becoming a parent, or just the constant feeling of not being quite rested, I’ve slowly been developing the feeling that I’m more old than young.  Let’s not be silly, I know that I’m not old, but I’m starting to realize that there are things I can’t get away with that I once could.  (Like not sleeping, for one.  Or moisturizing.  My hands look like the devil.) 
As observed by L.M. Montgomery in her book The Blue Castle: "Yes, I’m ‘still young’ – but that’s so different from young," said Valancy bitterly. 
Well, today I went to the dentist for a cleaning, which I haven’t had done in over a year.  (Yikes!)  I’ve actually half enjoyed going ever since I got my braces off in Grade 9 and every dentist since then has complimented me on my teeth.  Today I was just getting a cleaning, so I saw just the hygeneist.  As she was busy scaling away, I winced a bit, and I mentioned to her that my gums seemed a bit sensitive.  She informed me that my gums are receding, which is permanent damage, likely caused by brushing too aggressively.
I had no idea that I was brushing too aggressively.  Have I been doing it all along?  Or have I been harder on my teeth since I have been more stressed out over the past year?
At any rate, I know that my mother had similar problems with her gums, and I remember her telling me when I was quite young that it was because of improper brushing.  So I thought, "That will never happen to me, ’cause I’ll do it properly!"  Ack.

2 Responses to “Receding youth”

  1. Nemmy May 5, 2007 at 2:27 pm #

    Eek! I think I have the same problem with a couple of teeth on my left-hand side!! What do I do? What do I do? (Can\’t wait until I have benefits and can go back to the dentist again… *sigh*)

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