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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday Tip: Don’t Ignore A Toothache

woman feeling her tooth with her finger
Do you ever tend to ignore a problem, just because you don’t want to deal with it?  If you’re like me, you don’t have “time” to deal with the little things in life – like a toothache.

My tooth (the one just extracted in Utah) had been bothering me – on and off -- for almost 7 years!  But, like usual, I put off dealing with it because I had more important things to do.

That’s right, almost 7 years ago I had a root canal, and my dentist told me, “This tooth is really on the brink, you should go and see a specialist.”  In fact, I was just at the dentist last month and I told my dentist that my unruly tooth was acting up again.

Why didn’t I just deal with it?  I had a myriad of excuses.  I don’t have time.  I hate going to the dentist.  It’s really not that bad.  Maybe it will go away. I can live with it.

Of course, it didn’t go away.  It escalated.  Nothing like waiting for a full-blown crisis to take action.  After all, why take care of today what you can put off until tomorrow?

Could I have saved my tooth if I had been proactive?  I’ll never know.  Going forward, I just have to learn from my mistakes.  When the warning signs are present – like here, when my body is telling me something is wrong – I really can’t sweep it under the carpet just because I’d rather do better things with my time.

Do you find that you put off those “little things” in life that seem unimportant and even annoying?  If so, you may want to act now.  Maybe you can nip it in the bud.  Maybe you can avoid a full-blown crisis.

My Tuesday Tip for the week is simply this:  Don’t ignore a toothache!

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