Psalm 38: 7 – My back is filled with searing pain; there is not health in my body.
At first it was only a dull aching pain, but one day you woke up and a tooth was throbbing. You knew you had to go to the dentist but fooled yourself into thinking that it was nothing.
But this “nothing” pain doesn’t stop on its own. So, you bought some over the counter pain jell and applied it to the tooth that was hurting. It worked for a little while, but then the toothache wasn’t going to let the pain jell help you anymore.
Now comes the realization that you can’t control the pain and you must make an appointment with your dentist.
When you went to your appointment, you dentist wasn’t happy with you. He told you that your tooth is now infected, and you’d have to be on an antibiotic before any treatment could be done.
So, you filled the prescription and waited for it to help your tooth stop hurting. It helped a little, but in the end, you still had to go back to your dentist. At the appointment your dentist explains that the tooth has died, even though you’re still experiencing pain. He tells you of the seriousness of the tooth ache. He tells you that unless you have either a root canal or have the tooth pulled, more pain would develop in teeth that surround your aching tooth.
But you don’t have the money to pay for a root canal and you are going to have to bite the bullet and have the tooth removed. This is a painful decision, but it wouldn’t have happened if I had just heeded the warning signs.
Healthline.com, in their article, “Identifying and Treating a Bad Tooth,” lists some warning signs of a tooth that’s in dying, such as pain and tooth discoloration. In addition, other signs can be bad breath, bad taste in your mouth, and swelling around the gum line. The article also lists what causes a tooth to die, diagnosis, treatment, and tips for prevention.
A toothache can rapidly turn worse and can even send infection throughout your body. Though the Bible verse above discusses back pain, it can be applied to the spread of infection in a tooth. Let’s heed the warning signs and get into our dentist as soon as possible.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.