Is That Really Necessary?

by Frank

This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. Matthew 15:8

The Visit

Just the other day I had the “wonderful” opportunity to go to the dentist. It had only been six months since my last appointment. The appointment prior to that was about 5 years earlier. I hate the dentist, who doesn’t? So I just didn’t go. Well shame on me.

The first appointment back was horrible. There was 5 years of plaque, tarter, and decay that kept me under the torture instruments for about 45 minutes. The second time around it was only 30 minutes with a lot less torture but still the same amount of blood loss.

I am having the hardest time trying to understand why the dentist doesn’t just use sandpaper to clean my teeth. Between the instruments, shinny, sharp and terrifying, and the brute force used to remove layer upon layer of tooth decay it would be a lot less intimidating and the pain would be expected.

My gums, my poor, poor gums, were poked and prodded, moved and abused, scrapped and bloodied for the sake of proper oral health. I will tell you this much, my mouth wasn’t hurting before I went to the dentist. Get my point.

After the torture was completed, meaning my teeth were cleaned, I had some serious questions for the hygienist.

First question: How in the world can I prevent having to be tortured so much in the future? Her response was expected. “You have to make sure you brush and floss at least twice a day.” Okay, I saw that Oral B commercial as well.

Second question: I floss but it seems like in areas where my teeth have a larger gap I am not having a lot of success, what should I do differently? “You have to make sure that you rest the floss up against the actual tooth when you floss and move in an up and down motion.”

Third question: Why did you have to scrape so hard on certain teeth and not others? “I can see that you have been brushing and flossing but it looks like you have not been doing it properly. Several of the easy to reach teeth were perfect but there are certain areas you neglected. The knowledge of what needed to be done was there, you just weren’t using proper technique.”

The Issue

So after all of my complaining it was really tough to swallow that it was my fault I had to go through this. I spent most of my time brushing the surface trying to make it/them look good on the outside but on the inside there was decay. I don’t know about you but this sounds like it is speaking about more than just my teeth.

You are the only person who knows the issues that you are truly going through. You can dress it up anyway you want to but at the end of the day that issue is still there. It does not make sense to try to appear to have it all together when you are really falling apart. There is so much more to you than what people see.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news. It may hurt. You may bleed. You might be uncomfortable, but it is time to go to THE DENTIST.

Are you brushing properly?