Growing up in China, I remember hygienically, everybody at home has very bad teeth. We grew up, you were in pain. You missed school for three days. Always come to the point we have to do root canals, so I have a lot of crowns. My mom, my sister, it was so much pain we all have to endure. We didn’t understand the concept of floss. There’s no cleaning, so for the whole lifetime living China, nobody ever go to the cleaning routine, the hygiene. It’s a different philosophy.
When I came here, I said, “Dr. Johnson, I wanna do something about my teeth.” I’m always ashamed. I didn’t wanna open my mouth. I didn’t want people to see ’cause I take care of me in every kind of way. He taught me how do you take care. What is the first steps is I have my seven-step routine every day, including my threader, so I learned. I’m very regress, so every time I come back, he say, “Jia, you’ve done a great job.” I improved my hygiene over the years because I’ve learned from him what I do. I don’t compromise every day.