Hey guys, sorry it’s been so quiet on the diva front this week! I’d like to say I’ve been busy doing interesting things like dining out or catching up with gal pals, but that would be a lie. Instead I’ve been going to the dentist…
Now this story started out innocent enough, but took an unexpected turn. On Monday I went in to get a cavity filled. It wasn’t a deep one or anything, just something small that needed attention. Everything seemed fine until the anesthetic wore off…then BOOM! I was hit with this overwhelming pain! Thinking it would ease up I took a few ibuprofen and soldiered on. Next day it got worse. So bad in fact that I was in tears.
Wednesday came around and I was back in the dentist’s office again. He evened out the filling thinking that maybe the surface was a bit high and affecting my bite. The pain temporarily subsided and I was glad. The dentist advised he wanted to check everything on Friday, but that all should be well now.
I went on my merry way thinking the ordeal was over, but to no avail. By the time Friday came around I was beside myself. Pain killers weren’t making a lick of difference (excuse the pun) and the whole right side of my face throbbed in pain. A simple routine filling had turned into a nightmare, and I just wanted the pain to stop.
My dental appointment was scheduled for the afternoon so I persevered as best I could in the meantime. I like to think I have a high pain tolerance, but when I finally got into the dentist’s chair I completely lost all composure. I sat there and balled my eyes out! I tried to explain the pain as best I could through sobs and sniffles.
My dentist was also visibly distraught by the whole event. He has never had this happen to any of his patients. Trust me to be the enigma! He explained that the nerve must be inflamed and that the filling would need to be redone. If this didn’t work then I’d need a root canal to relieve the pressure.
Shocked by the news I simply nodded my head and we got underway with redoing the filling. It’s been a few hours now, and I am happy to report that the pain has subsided. I am hoping that this has fixed the problem and I won’t have to have a root canal. Only time will tell.
Sorry to inundate you with my sob story, but I felt the need to vent. But I also believe every story can teach us something. So the moral of this story is – Take care of your teeth! More specifically FLOSS!!! I’m one of those genetically gifted people who has ‘deep grooves’ (thanks mom!) so I learned flossing is even more important for me.
You only get one set for the rest of your life so it is important to take care of them. One of the easiest and best ways to prevent tooth decay is to limit the amount of sweet drinks you consume, soda in particular. Research has shown soda is a major contributor to tooth decay, which can lead to cavities.
However the health impacts of soda extend far beyond your teeth. Just check out the picture below and you will see almost every part of the body is affected in some way by drinking soda.
I’m not saying you should never drink soda, just limit your intake. If you stop for a pop daily, maybe it’s time to rethink your drink. Here are a few suggestions which are figure friendly as well as kind to your insides:
- Herbal teas such as peppermint, chamomile, or lemongrass and ginger
- Fruit & Veggie Spritzer: 1/2 cup all natural fruit and veggie juice diluted with 1/2 cup sparkling water
- Spa water: Add slices of cucumber, lemon, lime or orange to a jug of water and let infuse for several hours
Have you ever had something simple turn into a nightmare?
What is your favourite healthy drink?