I remember when I was a kid I would despise grocery shopping with a passion unless my mum bought me a chocolate bar. I’ve still continued the tradition of buying chocolate at the grocery store. Last week I bought a Snickers and as I was eating it I must have chomped down on something really hard on a sensitive part of my mouth. It seems like my wisdom teeth are trying to push through and when I ate that Snickers, I must have flared something up in my gums. It genuinely felt like I had been punched in the jaw. I gave it a few days thinking that the pain would subside, yet all it did was get worse!
As the pain became increasingly unbearable, I felt it was necessary to book an appointment at one of the family dental clinics around Bayside. The dentist there was great! He was super gentle at inspecting the gum and informed me that my wisdom tooth was in fact trying to push its way through, but the gum had become infected due to trauma – most likely due to the nuts in the Snickers. He cleaned the under my gum using a water spraying device and helped remove all the broken bits of food that had been trapped in there. Just doing that alone helped the swelling of my gum go down and the overall sensitivity ease. Unfortunately, this will be a constant battle until my wisdom teeth pull through. For the moment it does look like the teeth are growing straight and won’t be damaging my other teeth but we will have to keep an eye on it through some preventative dentistry appointments.
I do recall when I was younger my mum also complained about her wisdom teeth. Hers would make her jaw look quite swollen and she would always be uncomfortable. She ended up getting hers extracted while in her mid-thirties. I don’t think I can wait that long.