Like for REAL! I changed her life and it feels so freaking awesome I can’t even tell you. This is the reason I’m in this profession. This is the reason I actually LOVE what I’m doing even if it kills me from tiredness every single day.
A month ago I had a patient. Her dental hygiene was HORRIBLE to say the least. She had plaque (which is bacteria in a gross mass of white stuff you get on your teeth when you don’t brush them) on 79% of the surfaces of her teeth. This is high. This is very high. My teacher was like “there’s almost no hope for this woman.”
I instructed her in how to brush her teeth, what to do and how to stay clean.
Three weeks later we had moved down to 39%. As every other thing in the world in the beginning it’s easy to reduce a lot - like losing weight, the last 5 kg are always the hardest e.t.c. - so I thought “well YAY I did something here, but still, it’s too much. This will take me weeks to get down.”
Today she was here again - only a few days after the last time she was there - and YAY! We had a percentage being 23%. I could see that her gums weren’t inflamed that much any more and it all looked cleaner. I did the dental cleaning and sent her home. I finished her treatment. We got down to 23%. It’s supposed to be 20%, but those 23% were okay, because all of it was “new” plaque. I could see that it wasn’t rich, so it was probably just a few hours old.
I changed her life! From not brushing her teeth ever, I made her have a daily routine of brushing and doing so properly.
So now that I’ll see her in February again, I hope she’ll stay this way, because if she does I’ll be doing surgery on her!
*feels totally awesome*