A Cowboy’s Faith: Teeth sure are important

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“There’s a cavity in a wisdom tooth that needs to be filled before it gets worse.”

That was the dentist’s conclusion after extensive once-every-five-year’s x-rays and accompanying exam.

“Ugh.” Going to the dentist is dreaded enough and then such a report brings to reality the reason why.

There have definitely been plenty of lifetime experiences in those offices starting as a youngster. Included was a year of attempted straightening in ’65, although it didn’t do much good.

Yet, in actuality there are still plenty of positive aspects to negative sides of regular dental checkups. Teeth are essential to easy chewing food.

At least most of these are the original ones, with a few cosmetic enhancements after losing a front smiler. It was four decades ago when that untrained stallion went over backwards stirrup, hitting rider in the mouth.

Certainly not much personal wisdom, but having the tooth is different than many acquaintances who don’t. There have been stories about being forced to have that back fang removed, causing nearly unbearable pain to the toughest.

Always intending to brush regularly, it’s not been followed stringently and certainly not the extent of some. Have had coworkers and seen others who publicly bring out the teeth cleaning tool after nearly every bite.

Do well to brush after the morning bath sometimes missing that once a weekend. Never have followed recommendations to “floss,” wouldn’t even know how.

This tooth practitioner insists on periodical cleanings. “It’s covered by insurance,” he pointed out. So the service has been utilized whenever appointment arises, exception being when lips are festered from other issues.

Office assistants actually do the procedure. Not a happy time certainly, but who does the task makes a world of difference. Some work gentle such can hardly be felt other than having mouth open. Others jerk, jab, jaw and watch television all at the same time, so they’re refused the next time around. Still always demand the doctor approve any work before leaving.

No pun intended but bit the bullet and returned for the “needed” filling procedure. Really shy admitting it, but the whole deal took half an hour, and didn’t hurt a bit. Dentistry has improved a lot in this lifetime.

Reminded of Daniel 7:5: “With those teeth, get up and eat as much as you want.”


030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


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