I told my dentist my teeth are going yellow. He told me to wear a brown tie.
I wrote a blog post for November 15th of this year titled “Are You Choosing to Worry?” Wouldn’t you know that soon after I wrote it I had a health issue and I had to make the choice.
My Teeth are Crumbling
So this is what happened. As you know I have Sjogren’s Syndrome and it is killing my teeth. Without saliva teeth are not protected and it causes unbelievable tooth decay. I currently have two or three cavities in each tooth. That’s not all. My two front lower teeth are crumbling.
A few weeks ago the bottom left had a piece of the back break off. Then the one on the right had a piece break off, but the teeth also felt weird when I touched them with my tongue. When I glanced in the mirror, they looked bad so I called my dentist immediately. It was going to take two weeks to get in. Fortunately my teeth don’t hurt.
Here is where my decision not to worry came in. At first I did worry for about an hour. I worried that:
- My dentist would yell at me when she saw how my teeth looked and that I had put off coming to see her.
- My teeth were going to start hurting because I had pieces missing.
- The dentist bill was going to kill my budget.
- My teeth were going to have to be pulled. Won’t that be attractive?
During this time of thinking this list of “What ifs” through I remembered the blog post. I thought it is really time to put my own post into practice. I do need to preface this by saying that I have never been a worrier. I think the situation over and then I kind of go with the flow.
I was reminded of this verse in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
I had a choice. It was going to take two weeks to see the dentist and I could worry those two weeks, or I could let it go and think about the things on my worry list the day of the appointment.
I chose to wait until the day of the appointment. As soon as I made that choice I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulder. I had to meditate on Matthew 6:34. And just like the verse says, the day of the appointment had it’s own share of trouble.
A Date with the Dentist
I went to the dentist. And by the way, I have the most wonderful dentist. She is very understanding and extremely good at what she does. All the women that work for her are top notch! They took x-rays and wouldn’t you know, I have a cavity that goes below the bone. Crap!
The dentist came in and gave me the good news that I have major decay in the two front teeth and she doesn’t know if she can save the tooth on the right. So I’m scheduled for two root canals on the front two bottom teeth. They have to be built up and then they each need a crown. All of my bottom teeth from eye-tooth to eye-tooth need fillings. Ahhhhhhhhhhh!
Okay, that portion of the appointment went well. Next comes the money part of it. I have insurance, but you know how that goes and you know how expensive dental work can get.
Again, I have to give my dentist’s financial person high fives! On my way into her office, I was praying and I kept praying while I was waiting for the estimates.
She gave me four estimates! She ended up saving me $900. Can you believe it? We picked the best option and then I went home to look at the budget. This is where I started biting my nails. I hate dealing with money, and I know that I’m not alone in that either. Then I saw this verse fulfilled, “But my God shall supply all your need, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
I love the beginning of that verse, “But my God”. I’m going to repeat that, “But my God” the one that I have put my trust in, the one who says he will never leave me and the one who says he will supply me with everything that I need, yes, he is “My God!” And just like the verse above says, the money was in the budget.
Enjoying Christmas. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
I can let go of everything about this appointment and enjoy my Christmas! And I personally know the meaning of the song, “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.”