I woke up on Thursday morning with a slight discomfort in my mouth which grew into pains when I started brushing my teeth. My extreme lower right gum was sore and it became immediately obvious that I was teething. At 23. Almost 24 really.
I went to work still but by the middle of the day, the pain extended to my right jaw and my neck. It felt like half of my face was paralysed.
I can’t laugh, cough or sneeze. Nor can I chew or swallow. Drinking water is a hardship and eating a punishment. Actually, I can do all these but not without some amount of pain.
This is the weirdest thing that has happened to me recently and nobody is taking it (or me for that matter) seriously. When I told my Mum, she only looked up long enough to tell me “sorry” before returning to her phone. My dad didn’t even say anything.
At work, my colleagues are having a fun fest with my situation, calling me a little kid. I couldn’t tell if this was a common thing or not. I was teething for crissakes!
The only useful thing I found was at dentipedia. What I gathered from there was that I was growing a wisdom teeth (I wonder if that’ll make me wiser) – probably (and hopefully) the last of it. Still, it couldn’t tell me if this was normal.
I have never been to the dentist’s and probably never will. So I’m just going to do the following:
~ take no cold drinks
~ have liquid meals mostly
~ talk with my teeth clenched
~ avoid talking when not necessary (hard to do in a household of 8 where the default mode of communication is yelling back and forth)
I hope this works.
Do you have any other suggestions? Please feel free to drop your comments.
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