… about teeth!
Of course, I’m not talking about turkey teeth, because they don’t have any, so that would be silly. And I’m hardly ever silly (at least not intentionally).
What I mean is let’s talk frankly about our teeth! They are so important to us. We need them to chew, smile pretty and hold our jaws apart!
But sometimes we don’t really appreciate them because they just do their job and aren’t “the sqeaky wheel” so we take them for granted.
I bring up this subject because I had surgery on Friday to remove three of my six wisdom teeth. And there’s nothing like dental surgery to bring your teeth to the front of your mind and make you appreciate them!
I had just returned from having my three wisdom teeth on the left side removed. How can you not feel sorry for someone who looks like that? ‘That’s a clever little ice pack wrapped around my head. Doesn’t do much for the “do”, does it.
I’ve always known that I had the four routine wisdom teeth (although only partially visible because there wasn’t room for them), plus another one on each side above my upper wisdom teeth. They are called “buds” because they are small, undeveloped teeth. And as long as none of these gave me any trouble, I was advised to just leave them alone, because removing them would be more complicated that removing “normal” wisdom teeth.
So when the dentist found some infection by one of my wisdom teeth last week, he sent me to an oral surgeon who said “The time has come.” and removed the three on the left side on Friday.
That’s the reason you haven’t heard from me here for the last few days. Hubby and I have both been babying me, because my jaw is sore and swollen. And I have a very busy schedule of pain killers, antibiotics and gargling both salt water and a medicated rinse.
Anyway, I had two points in writing this post. First, to let you know that I haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth — I just haven’t felt like posting.
And, secondly, as a reminder to appreciate your teeth and take good care of them. Because when you’re 64 and you have to have something major done to your teeth, you’ll be glad for every minute you spent flossing and using an electric toothbrush to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible, and that you go to the dentist regularly so that when there is a problem, it’s found and resolved quickly.
Yesterday (Sunday) was my worst day. I was the most swollen and sore. And because the swelling is just on one side, I have to say when I looked in the mirror I didn’t just look like a chipmunk as I had been warned I would, but because I looked lopsided, I looked like an off-kilter, drunken chipmunk! Unfortunately, I couldn’t even laugh, because it hurt.
But this morning when I got up, the swelling is down as well as the pain and for the first time, I feel like I’m on the mend! Hooray!
If wisdom teeth were gold, I’d be a wealthy woman. Especially with what gold is selling for today.