Friday, April 13, 2012

My Aching Teeth

The past few weeks have been a source of great stress in my life. Deadlines at work, an ill pet, Easter, sick friends, and the list goes on. I know I'm no more special than anyone else. Everybody has trials and tribulations. I do, however, tend to internalize my stress—and it comes out in tooth grinding.

I've ground my teeth every night for the past couple of weeks. I now have what is called pulpitisis—I'm not sure if I spelled that right. What it means is that I have an inflammation in the pulp of two of my teeth. And it hurts. I've taken so many over-the-counter medications, it's a wonderful I haven't poisoned myself. I think if someone offered to shoot my up with morphine I'd say OK. If I don't stop grinding my teeth, I'll have to have a couple of root canals.

And so, this also means I haven't been taking care of myself. I eat whatever—including chocolate. I haven't been exercising as much as I should. I know exercise would help with the stress. Anyway, I hate to have nothing to say but complaints. So I'll stop here. 

1 comment:

Susan said...

I wear a custom fitted (by my dentist) night guard. It was expensive ($500), but it has saved my teeth. In the four years I've had it, I've worn it almost every night (and naps) and I no longer have sore jaws, teeth or headaches that were associated with the grinding and clinching. Granted, I still grind and clinch, but it no longer causes damage. With a mouth that already has four crowns, I felt like I had to do it. Hope you get your situation under control. Hang in there and keep up the exercising. My advice? Save your money and invest in this night guard/splint.