Up and down.
Side to side.
Inside and out.
Eight times each.
Then rinse and gargle. Gargle twice if your gums are bleeding.
I taste iron.
Floss. Get rid of everything stuck in between – bits and pieces from lunch or accidental kisses.
Maybe use Listerine. It really does kill most of the bacteria and leave an acquired taste in your mouth.
I love brushing my teeth even though I usually go at it too hard and only stop when my gums get red, sore and they start bleeding. Staining my teeth a light pink, like my favourite lip gloss colour.
I always look forward to running my tongue over my teeth to feel that I managed to clean away everything. So fresh. So clean. So new.
And for a while, I can no longer taste you in my mouth.
And I feel safe.
Knowing that I am a little more myself, and not you.