As part of a research project I’m taking part in at the Leeds Dental Institute, I’ve just had my first ever scale and polish. I thought it would be a nice gentle procedure but it feels like I’ve been punched in the mouth about ten times. And at least six of those punches were delivered with a very thin, sharp object poked directly to my gums. Those type of punches hurt the most.

However, we’re having a curry tonight so all will be well once again.