I don’t have the best teeth in the world.
I have genetics to thank for this along with eight years of “railroad tracks”, the original cemented on braces that were as hard on teeth as they were productive in straightening them. Add to this depression, fatigue and chronic pain which all make personal hygiene a chore and you have a haven for cavities and heavier than normal wear and tear.
Half the teeth in my mouth have root canals, and only a handful of these have crowns. Lately, I have had not one, but two of those without crowns literally crumble as I eat. Tomorrow I make my second trip to the dentist to figure out what to do. There is no pain involved; however, having pieces of tooth come off when you are drinking a smoothie is no picnic!
So, what is the metaphor here?
A tooth crumbles from lack of attention. If you don’t brush properly, grind your teeth but don’t wear your night guard, or eat the wrong foods, your teeth will weaken and fall apart.
I was trying to explain to my hubby last night why I really need to work on my new partnership. He said we are doing well financially and that I barely have enough energy to look after the household and our family. I didn’t have the words to express my need until I was laying in bed last night worrying about my tooth.
I need to take care of my mental health like I do my dental health. If I brush, floss and generally look after my teeth, they stay healthy, and I can bite into almost anything without losing a chunk of tooth. If I keep my mind busy and not dwelling on my health problems, I can do more physically. And keeping more active means I feel better.
My mother used to say “there is no point shutting the barn door after the horse gets out.” This is partly true; however, I believe that now I am taking better care of my teeth it will hopefully save the others. And starting to work now will be hard at first but eventually will improve my overall health and stamina.
Blogging has already improved my mental health. I love writing, reading others’ posts, and am learning so much from both. So, as I get my tooth fixed and work on the new website, “life can be a dream, sweetheart.”