Yesterday morning I was eating breakfast and working on the laptop at the same time. Let me start by saying the ritual of eating should be, whenever possible, a focused one and exclusive of other activities. Because of my divided attention and my bad habit of eating quickly I thrust the fork too far into my mouth and bit down onto the tines instead of my bite of food. This is such a jarring and awful feeling. I heard the crunch, I felt the pain, I found the bit of tooth that chipped off on the tip of my tongue. I sat, shocked for about a minute, my hand cupped over my mouth, fearful that I may have bitten down hard enough to loosen my tooth.
Sadly, this is the second time in my life I’ve done this. I now I have 3 chipped teeth thanks to the unyielding nature of metal. Chips I can handle…it’s a loose or knocked out tooth that we all have nightmares about! Since I’ve never been in this scenario before where I damaged a tooth well enough to loosen it, I panicked a bit. BUT with a tiny bit of research, I learned about the amazing regenerative properties of our teeth! Firstly, a loosened tooth will tighten itself back up again within a few days. Phew! Even more miraculous, you can even re-implant a knocked out tooth within 24 hours of it happening if you take the proper measures. There is even a Save-A-Tooth kit that you can keep in your medicine cabinet if you are someone who partakes in activities that elevate your risk of getting a tooth knocked out. Even if you don’t have one of these kits, you can save your tooth if you act quickly: