Timecheck 11:30am sunday morning of the 20th, i made my way out of a dental clinic robbed of one of my molars.my numb gum throbbing, the nerves all over my body jittery but most of all in my reeling mind, one thought remained constant “When did i get so careless?”
All through my younger life, i knew i wanted to be a doctor possibly because while growing up, it was the most established proffession and the elders seemed to insinuate that those that went to school became doctors on completion of their studies.And then Boom, adolescence happened to me-at that point, i realised who i was, my worth and what i wanted to be later on in life- A Dental Surgeon. well it didnt stop at only dreaming but i worked hard for it all through highschool alongside being tagged the stricty because i was cautious what foods to eat, how many times one brushed their teeth. Oh how i minded not only about my dentition but also that of all the people in my circles, the strangers i met and those that cared to listen even for a minute about the “protect your teeth talk” (Thinking about it now has me wondering, where did all that passion go to?)
Fast-forward, the medical school of Dentistry did not consider my application and as a budding young adult that had everything going on like that smooth song, the disappointment slit my heart like knife on skin, i remember soaking my pillow two days in a row. Comfort and Advice came my way in different shades and shapes and all it summed up was, pursue something else, you will catchup with dentistry as your second degree and yes i picked up the remaining pieces and chose to walk down a diffferent path that’s turned out so exciting. Now with Dentistry and cautious living long forgotten, came the reckless living i had scolded my friends for, sweets, icings and cakes with aa phase that tagged along “i have a sweet tooth”, and just a few times, i substituted brushing with bubble gum(hahaha, o not judge me, we all get lazy at something). Sadly down this road, a small hollow that gradually got big manifested in my molar, then came the sensitivity issues and now today i walk around without my molar. Don’t ask me about how a tooth hurts, that is a story for another day but i will say this,Pray and Fast that you never get a toothache, it will keep you sleepless and restless like it is revenging for all the times you ate without a care in the world.
Well as i walked around lopsided without a care what surrounded me, i realised i did get careless and lost the vice of teeth protection. But gladly, i learn a lesson that i want to share; *Pay attention to even the slightest pain or itch on your body. See so long as we feel well enough, we do not give health much thought. Things only catch our attention when they make us uncomfortable or bring about tremendous pain. we only go see the doctor so that the pain is removed.
Recently at the World Oral Health Day that happened over the weekend, emphasis was placed on preventive care “people should make it a habit to visit the dentist regulary for check-ups,follow-ups andd professional cleaning rather than visiting the dentist because the pain is immense because under such circumstances,chances of saving the tooth/teeth are very low.” Therefore from me to you, don’t visit a dentist only to be treated or cured, you may not only lose a molar but all your 32 teeth!! Visit the dentist for a dental check-up REGULARY, it is not luxury or time wastage, Your Health is Your Responsibility. #HealthyMouthHealthyBody#WOHD16, Tooth decay process, Get rid of the cavities