Wisdom

toothachegum1Toothaches are bad.

I know, I know, what a profound observation. To clarify: I hate tooth pain more than pain in other areas of my body. A sprained ankle or a bruised arm or a cut finger, while certainly irritating, can be dealt with. You stay off your feet for the day or you don’t use the arm as much or you put on a Band-Aid. But a toothache is one of those things you just can’t get to. You can’t “stay off your teeth.” The pain shoots up and gives you a headache, and you have to eat and drink liquid on the other side of your mouth, which never quite works because food and drink inevitably wander over to the side where you tooth is hurting you. Your days and nights involve a rotation of Advil and Anbesol and probably some other cures that being with “a” and you wait to see if the pain goes away because it’s “one of those things,” and then you realize the pain isn’t going to go away and you have to call the dentist.

Having said all that, I have a terrific dentist who saw me on short notice. He said it wasn’t too bad and gave me some antibiotics (“a”). Everything should be fine (until the next time it hurts – it needs to come out at some point). It feels a lot better than it did a few days ago, that’s for sure.

By the way, “wisdom teeth” should really be called something else.

One thought on “Wisdom

  1. You’re so right about toothache (and headache) pain; it’s the worst. I’m glad you were able to see your dentist on short notice, a miracle in itself, and are feeling better each day. Get the problem tooth taken out though per his advisement.

    Meanwhile drink plenty of water to get rid of the Advil and antibiotic toxins. If you have any fresh lemons, cut and squeeze the juice into some warm water. It’s a great detox and immune builder you can do everyday actually. If it’s simply too sour, add a little sugar to take the edge off.

    Love the ad for DENT’S Toothache Gum. I looked it up before commenting here, and it’s still around as a current product. Just guessing, but this ad looks to be from about 1890 to 1910.

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