Well! What a night last night! I witnessed another Christmas miracle. But first I went for a scaling at my dentist's office. She did everything with my wires in, thank goodness. She used a pick first then switched to a sonic thingamajigger that sounded like it could cut glass.
She went around all my brackets and got rid of that trouble spot on the inside I was so worried about. She said everything looked pretty good, but the most plaque build up has happened/will happen around the bottom teeth because they're the crookedist (hey, new word!). It was a little uncomfortable but nothing I couldn't handle. A few minutes of discomfort is worth the lasting peace of mind afterwards. She did ask how much coffee and tea I drink. I said 2-3 cups a week max. She went Hm, you have some staining on the lingual side of your teeth, that it must be something in my diet.
I wonder how long that's been there? It's the first anyone's mentioned it. But she followed up by saying since it's the inside it's not noticeable and pretty hard to whiten if you wanted to.
I almost cried when I got home because I was so relieved to have that done!
And now for the miracle: As I was flossing I thought I'd try between two teeth which I've never gotten the floss between. I try every few days. And last night the floss slipped right in! I don't know if my teeth moved enough or if I had plaque removed in there but I can floss those teeth now!
I decided to get a new toothbrush today. I had some Shopper's points I could spend so I got a Colgate Sonic brush. One of these: http://www.colgate.ca/app/Colgate360/CA ... SonicPower
It's seems to be half way between a manual and a full electric. I was afraid my old electric brush was doing more damage than good so I switched to a manual. Now after last night I think I need to brush softer, for longer. I was hoping to find a battery powered one that had the small round head. My bathroom is super small with one outlet near the one light above the sink, which is the only surface area in the room (damn 1950's building designers!) so plugging a recharger in creates a wired, tangled mess. It feels super soft so fingers crossed it's a keeper!
Edit 1 hour later
I just discovered something I forgot I didn't like about my old electric toothbrush. The horrible sensation of hitting a loosened tooth while the brush is vibrating!!!
But the new brush is pretty good. I think I'll use it!