Oh my aching tooth! I’ve never had a toothache before – well not one I can remember and certainly nothing like this. Many people know the sensation really well and can definitely sympathise.
I’m a grinder. Mostly while I’m sleeping I grind my teeth – have done so for many years now when stressed and finally it took its toll. I had been having dull aches for about a month or so and decided to do something about the ache.
I Googled the local dentist and went to have the tooth looked at. Apparently the hole wasn’t half as bad as I thought it was but we still decided to have it filled. That’s when the problems started.
The dull ache turned into a throb and then worse. In just under a week I felt like someone was hanging onto my jaw with all their weight. I got to the point where I couldn’t function anymore and desperately resorted to painkillers (for anyone who knows me this is pretty serious). Then a repeat visit to the dentist where I was given two options: root canal or pull it out. I asked for an option 3. This turned out to be antibiotics. Once I stopped stressing about taking more drugs and took the antibiotics, the pain gradually went away.
The point of all of this is once again personal responsibility. I knew what I wanted - a healthy mouth and I felt there was more than one way of achieving this. What’s incredible are the sheer numbers of people telling me that the drugs are not enough. In their and the dentist’s opinion, I needed either a root canal or an extraction. They said I could still get really bad infections or complications. However I chose to side with the minority - those who believe that the natural state of the body is health. The body will try to achieve this especially if given the right conditions such as appropriate diet, reducing stress and getting enough rest (in this case with a little help from drugs). So I am taking personal responsibility for my health rather than bowing to the common view. I’m working on the positive.