How To Deal With Dental Problems
What is your approach when it comes to dealing with health issues? I don’t mean everyday healthy living – we can all bank a few points by saying we eat right and get plenty of sleep. No, what I’m referring to is what happens when you fall ill. How do you handle that?
The reason it is worth asking is that so many people have the attitude that being ill is a sign of weakness. So we could be absolutely loaded with a cold that shows no sign of lifting and pretend we’re okay. People could be literally standing several feet away for fear of contamination, and we’d say “It’s nothing to worry about”.
There is something of a martyr complex involved in this reaction to illness. In a bizarre way, it feels right to be ill but we say we’re fine.
Deep down, we’re hoping people notice how brave we are. Deep down, what they’re thinking is “What do you think you’re doing coming into work like that? You could pass that on to dozens of people. You idiot!”. And even if it’s not a transmittable condition, it’s still a bad idea to “soldier on” when a health problem is causing problems.
Why “No, I’m Fine” Needs To Be Retired From Our Vocabulary
There is a scene in Monty Python and The Holy Grail, where a battle between two knights ends in one of them having been relieved of his arms and legs. As he loses limbs, he keeps saying “it’s just a scratch” or “it’s a flesh wound”. Initially, his opponent is impressed by his bravery. Eventually, he just thinks he’s an idiot.
If you’re in pain with a dental problem, popping painkillers just to be able to think, and yet present the facade that you’re fine to all who will listen, you’re that knight. Whatever your reasoning, trying to soldier on just results in bigger issues for you.
Not only that, you may well be causing them for others. Even if you’re not passing germs on, by working while ill you are more prone to making mistakes. Those mistakes then make life harder for your co-workers, who need to repair or cover them. If you’re not there, trying to work, then at least they can divide labor between those who are healthy or take on an extra body to do it.
Employers are reluctant to give orders that a staff member goes home. There isn’t always a company policy to deal with such situations. So even when it’s obvious to everyone that you shouldn’t be there, by turning up to work you put them in the position of having to deal with it.
But Never Mind How It Affects Work…
The way a dental problem impacts your ability to do your job is merely the tip of the iceberg. It really can’t be said often enough: The key to effective treatment is early detection. Brushing off people’s concerns about your health isn’t gallant. It’s reckless.
It could be something potentially serious – such as persistent pain or headaches that keep getting worse. It could be something less severe but still acute, such as a gum abscess. But self-diagnosing with “I’m fine” is never the correct reaction. If you have pain or sickness that hangs around for more than a couple of days, you need to treat it more seriously.
In the more serious cases, leaving something undetected is particularly reckless. Those headaches, those pains could be symptoms of something very severe. It might be completely benign too – but don’t let time drag on before doing something about it. Speaking to a dentist will clarify whether you were right to be blase. If you were, good for you. But don’t assume you know best. You don’t.
“I Don’t Want To Bother Anyone”
Of all the ways to respond to a health issue, “I don’t want to bother anyone” is the worst. There is, tied into it, the idea that by not taking the time to deal with you’re actually saving other people some effort.
You don’t want to bother the dentist – who literally does this for a living? You don’t want to bother your family – who hear you gasp in pain when you so much as touch your jaw? You don’t want to bother your employer – who has heard now from numerous co-workers that your moods are getting hard to handle?
You see, when you’re in pain, you may think you handle it well and quietly. People who know you will tell a different story. They’d much rather you got the problem seen to. Have the tooth out, make an appointment with the likes of Harrell Dental Implant Center to get it replaced. Have a few days off work – and come back in a better mood.
No one handles illness as well as they believe they do. Ask them – ask yourself – how you behave when having dental problems and you’ll likely hear “Oh, I just suffer in silence, usually”. People who know you well will be inclined to disagree. We’re all reluctant attendees at the dentist surgery. None of us enjoys having dental treatment done – but it needs to be done anyway.
You may be one of the many people who, when childhood was over and you got to make your own decisions, stopped going to dentists. You wouldn’t be the first or the last to do that. But you may be shocked by how much it has changed since you were a kid. Dental Problems nowhere near as stark and austere an experience as it used to be.
Besides which, speaking to a dentist can be an excellent way of setting other health concerns to bed. Many health conditions, often ones which are not yet symptomatic, can be detected by dentists. So for reasons beyond your dental health, approaching your dentist or a dental surgery for an assessment is wise.
In short, as much as you may think you’re showing courage when having dental problems, this is not what others will see. What they will see and find respectable is an ability to face a problem head on and get it solved. So forget to be a martyr for awhile and let the experts do the rest.