A Simple Essay on Teeth
(Written after a dental surgery)
When you are in a dentist's chair for a tooth filling or extraction, and you think of the looks of people, especially TV and movie personalities, or even your friends who have perfect teeth, you cannot help but have a feeling of envy and regret. Envy because you wish you had the same kind of teeth that can make you smile with confidence, or enable you to enjoy more the food you eat. Regret if you did not properly take care of your teeth before.
The way we take care of our teeth has its punishments and rewards. The dental pliers and drills in the former, and beautiful smiles in the latter.
Since teeth health also naturally succumbs to the aging process, we can probably minimize the number of "bungi" and the cost of dentures or "pustisos" through regular flossing, brushing and visits to the dentist.
But then again, tooth decay and extraction can give us a realization of what we are: frail and imperfect human beings. That however perfect our teeth are, the other parts of our body age in time. And despite the discovery of cosmetics and cosmetic surgeries, their effects are only partial and temporary.
When we go to heaven, we will certainly get back all our teeth in our glorified bodies, where there will be no need for cosmetics, nor brushing . . . nor will there be gnashing of teeth.
But we still have to take care of our bodies and our teeth. And of course, our souls, to get there!!
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God?" 1 Corinthians 6:19