A Christmas wish....

You know that song sung by little, rosy-cheeked kids who have started to lose their baby teeth, "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth"?  Well, for me it's no longer just a cute Christmas song.  It's more of a reality and a Christmas wish, except I've had to change the words slightly to, "All I want for Christmas is to keep my two front teeth and the few teeth I have left."

Yes, you guessed it!  My tooth telenovela has yet another chapter.

It all started a couple of nights ago when I dreamed that two of my molars suddenly crumbled into hundreds of little pieces and that it took me forever to spit them all out.  Well aware of my past tooth troubles and my history of psychic dreams, I feared that my dream meant more tooth troubles were in my immediate future.  I was mortified.

To help ease my fears, I turned to my friends on Facebook and asked them to help interpret my dream.  The general consensus was that it was a common nightmare that meant I was either stressed or self conscious or that maybe I wasn't saying what was on my mind.  All of the interpretations made perfect sense to me, because life has been extremely hectic the last couple of weeks with the increased workload in Hubby's shop, Nick's recurring problems with his asthma, which resulted in me getting only 4 or 5 hours of sleep at night if I was lucky, all while trying to keep up with my responsibilities as a stay-at-home wife and mom.

I continued to look for interpretations of my dream online and discovered that in Greek culture, dreaming of falling teeth means that a close friend or relative has fallen ill.  This also made sense to me, because I had just learned that one of my favorite aunts is very sick.

Then came Tuesday morning.  I was busy warming up for my Cardio Mop workout when all of a sudden I felt that familiar sharp, tingling pain shooting through my mouth.  As always, it came without warning and it came full force.  While I waited for the over-the-counter pain medication to work its magic, I screamed and cried out in pain.  Why? What did I do to deserve such pain and suffering?  Someone, please shoot me and put me out of my misery!

Just when I was contemplating which of Hubby's tools to use to pull out all of my teeth, the pain subsided and I was thinking clearly once again and I knew just what I had to do.

I can take a hint.  And completely ignore it.  Like when this tooth first started giving me trouble back in September.

I can take a second hint and completely ignore that one too.  In my defense, I was busy getting things ready for Nick's birthday party and really didn't have time for a root canal.

But this third hint?  It's true what they say...a la tercera es la vencida (third time's a charm).  I give up!  There is no way I want to go through all of this pain and suffering again.  So I went to my dentist that afternoon and had the first phase of my root canal done.  (I go back on Monday for more!)

I really hope I don't have to change the name of this blog to "Toothless in Mexico".



  1. Leslie,  You might ask your dentist if you might be a "clencher" or a "grinder" - if you do that at night it can really be hard on your teeth.  I was told that's why I needed so many root canals when I was younger.  I now wear a night guard and no more problems.  They used to be quite expensive and had to be molded to your mouth but I use this one: http://splintek.com/ph/sleepright.htm, not as expensive and easier to get used to.  I think I had 4 root canals before they figured it out.  Good luck!

  2. I hope that Nancy's suggestion can shed some light on your tooth problems!  Just like I said the other day.  If it isn't one thing, it's another.  You poor girl!  I think you need a vacation or something to escape your house and teeth problems!

    I'm going to send all the positive vibes that I can muster up your way! 

  3. I totally know how you feel :(  I've been to the dentist 3 times in 3 months.  Apparently the infection from my root canal from A YEAR AND A HALF AGO never healed itself!! So now I'm on some serious antibiotics and I'm hoping next week they can fix me for good!

  4. you poor thing. i'll be curious to hear how many visits it takes to get it done. it took my husband 5 visits to get his done. the japanese are very tech a savvy but when it comes to dentistry and medical, they are not exactly like what we are used to in the states. some people even get colonoscopies without anesthesia-my husband insisted on it when he had his done.

    i hope santa grants you your wish!


    teresa en nagoya

  5. Pobrecita Leslie, tooth pain hurts like childbirth.  My heart goes out to you.  With any luck the dentist will be able to fix it for you.  Keep us posted on how it goes. 

  6. So sorry this keeps happening! Hope all is well

  7. Those root canal's are something that can be painful in the beginning, but the payoff is really something to look forward to. Think of a pain free day just because a dentist in los angeles fixed your painful problems. Sounds wonderful right?

  8. This problem needs an attention and you need to visit your dentist asap. I have a friend that is suffering a toothache and His dentist suggested Him to undergo a root canal surgery and it's quit expensive. I hope this kind of problem would be avoided by visiting dentist regularly.

    Orthodontist Melbourne

  9. That looks pretty nasty, the only thing that will fix that would be wearing false teeth.