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Ten Days

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It appears that I can’t control my tongue, and it is becoming very irritating. Is it possible to eat our own teeth?

If you can put those two thoughts together, you probably already know what I have on my mind today.

Yesterday, after eating breakfast, my tongue detected an anomaly in one of my bottom front teeth. It was small enough to be confusing over whether it was a protrusion of something stuck between my teeth, or a hollow where a piece of tooth had chipped away.

After several futile attempts to assess the situation, logic indicated it must be a small chip in the tooth.

Where did it go? Did I eat it? Wouldn’t it have been crunchy?

I suppose it was small enough to be lost in the yogurt and cereal I was eating, without ever getting caught between the other chewing teeth, but the indentation from whence it came feels like a canyon to my tongue. It looks like it was a very small piece, but it feels like it was large.

Now I can’t keep my tongue off the rough edge that resulted. It’s a terrible unconscious obsession. A dentist friend of mine once told me it takes about ten days for our tongues to accept changes in the teeth before they finally give up and stop working at them.

Right now, ten days seems like an eternity. I looked up my next regularly scheduled dentist appointment and discovered it is for the middle of December. That seems like two eternities away, but this little chip honestly doesn’t warrant and special trip to the dentist to have her grind away the roughness.

My tongue just needs to learn faster. I am aware that products (like a wax) exist to protect the tongue from broken teeth, but then my tongue would spend just as much unconscious energy trying to get used to the wax.

It (my tongue) just needs to stop pushing against the ragged edge. How hard can that be?

I wonder if I can get a band-aid to stick to the tip of my tongue.

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Written by johnwhays

August 8, 2017 at 6:00 am

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