Okay I will admit it. I am a big huge baby when it comes to going to the dentist. I abhor getting anything done on my teeth. I have crazy sensitive teeth, partially due to the fact that I grind the crap out of them each and every night. I have worn a night guard for maybe 20 years now and need to have a new one made every year because I grind massive holes in them.
I should mention that it also bothers me to have my mouth open for long periods of time, or rather it actually makes me physically nauseous when I have my mouth open too long. After any dental appointment I basically need the rest of the day to recover, usually wrapped up in blankies with a heating pad on and then I can be overheard whimpering, "tell my Mom I'm sick!"
I'm telling you this because for last 3 months or so I've known I need to get one of my fillings replaced. I've been putting it off forever. Before it was just hot and cold that bothered it. So…for 3 months I haven't been chewing much on that side of my mouth. Now though, I noticed that if I eat anything sweet (WTF?) it is killing me. I can understand something acidic bothering it, but now sweet stuff too? Not cool. I've been known to indulge in some dark chocolate every day now and then. I've been managing. It's not easy, I don't benefit from the full orgasmic mouth sensation that those little dark pieces of chocolate provide. I've been making due only having the chocolate squished into one little area on the side of my mouth, cause I really do not want to go and see that sadist dentist.
Today I have a brand new pain…on the other side of my mouth, close to the front, where you bite. This new pain is hurting quite a bit. Enough that I don't want to eat. So now unless I want to start blending my food and sucking it through a straw I need to see my dentist. I'm pretty much sick already just thinking about it. I just made the appointment for tomorrow afternoon so I can't fret more than a day about it.
I know you didn't need to hear a story about my sensitive teeth that I basically inherited from my Dad (thanks Dad!) but you know what…these stories make you aware when you don't have the pain to appreciate it. Go ahead… have yourself a good ol' piece of chocolate. Let it sit in your mouth till it starts melting, then gently swirl it around your tongue, enjoy it, revel in it and be thankful.
Hang on, I wonder if I'm doing the right thing here. I mean I could actually use this as an opportunity to finally achieve my goal weight. It's a wonder people haven't developed this as a diet plan, all pain, no gain!
Ah…I guess I'll still go and see what Dr. Pain Gabay says. Wish me luck!