Monday, December 18, 2006
Monday Was Swell!
And swell it did.... painfully.
I am talking about my gums. Alright now, this post is only for me figuring out a stupid question on how I was able to let my gums... you may want to click on any of the links listed in my Brilliant Blogs category on the right. No need to read this further.
Fine! Either you will have a lingering disgust on why I need to post this or knock your head onto your keyboard falling asleep reading it. You have been warned.
Yesterday was a great family-reunion sort of day. This morning I felt like crap! Pardon the word used, but I really felt the painful crap in my gums.
For several days now I thought I was getting mouth ulcers around the lower-right gum. I was prepared for it as I get mouth ulcers so often, it would not surprise me if I had a mouthful bursting like popcorn. Yes, the excruciating bursting ulcers.
I know I get them when I do not get enough rest or do not sweat out enough during my workouts. I have to rid my bodily heatiness out to avoid getting one. That is another story altogether.
The affected area was especially tender these few days, but was a little more intense the night before with a bit of swelling. Woke up this morning to a painful attack just to open my jaw, I even developed two tender "lumps" under my right jaw.
I reported sick for work today and only gotten a dental appointment in the afternoon. Knowingly so, when everyone are rushing to claim dental fees before the privilege lapses for the year.
Dr. Razalley confirmed my suspicion of gum infection on the 3rd molar, but with abscess. You mean with pus? Yikes!
Eew! I have never had an infection before... now I have a pool of bacteria in my gums!
He asked me to brace myself while he "burst" the abscess along the gum-line as he did the general cleaning. How disgusting was that?! No, not the dentist, my gum! Though I am sure he was disgusted with me. Where have I gone wrong with my oral care?
He pierced the gum-line with a short, sharp pain and soon enough I felt the pressure from the fluid-filled swell subsided. So did the pain. Phew! Dr. Razalley, my hero.
I was told... yet again, that I brushed a little too hard, but with all my zest of trying to clear off stubborn plague, I was still unable to clean the hard-reached places effectively. Thus the infection... and timely enough within the six-monthly check-up too.
I was fortunate that my tooth is still "alive" and the abscess was along the gum-line and not in the pulp or I would have my wisdom tooth pulled out or a root canal to save it.
Double Yikes! I need all the wisdom I have left to stay within me. My weak memory is not helping me at all. I am of course joking here, but no joke about tooth decay, though.
My dentist gave me Amoxil for antibiotics, Tolpa to stop the swelling and Poustan to take, if I still feel pain. The medication amounted to S$30.00 while the general cleaning was another S$40.00. Too bad I had already claimed the whole S$100.00 dental care for the year in June.
A good thing I enjoyed eating lots of good food yesterday. For the next few days, I will settle for lesser, picking only soft food to chew on the left side until the swelling is gone.
What a swell time today has been. I have to rethink how I should brush my teeth again after 40 years or personal oral care. Braun electrical toothbrush could note help me...
Hey, you are still awake and actually read this far. Impressive! No nauseating sensation, no regret wasting time reading this post. Thanks for indulging me.