One of the first things people notice at the onset of meeting a person is their smile. More so, when you flash those pearly whites. People tend to look at one’s teeth and make judgment calls about a person’s hygiene. Poor mouth hygiene can cause bad breath, rotten teeth, bleeding gums, which has been proven to cause certain heart conditions, due to the bacteria.
Whether your teeth are crooked, straight, bucked or otherwise, there are basic rules of thumb that are crucial to a healthy mouth.
- Brush after every meal.
- Floss after every meal.
- Gargle with mouth wash
While attending Evangelism Council, in Huntsville, Alabama , I visited dentist Angela Wright-Brown at (Healthy Smiles in Huntsville) for a not-so-routine inspection. During the check-up, there were apparent deficiencies my oral health.
Her prescribed resolution was to have my gums tightened. For optimum results, scaling my gums would be necessary. Scaling is the process of removing tartar from the gums using a sharp metal tool. If my gums were to heal properly from the tightening of my gums, then full scaling was a necessity.
Well, City Smiles and Laura Henry (Dental Hygienist) were done with me on yesterday, there was an altar call and rededication. It hurt so bad, but the end result meant all the unwanted stuff was removed from my gums. When it was all done, my teeth felt a little coarse when I ran my tongue over them, but there was one more step. Polishing! This step really made all the difference. When she was done, my teeth were extremely smooth.
Well, sanctification and polishing are very similar. It takes a lifetime to really get smooth.
Kind of reminds me of the way we are spiritually. Our spiritual lives must be maintained. Maintenance of your spiritual life must start with determining your ultimate goal, which is relationship with God. If you want great oral health, there should be a level of discipline which will strengthen the relationship between teeth and gums. If you want a spiritual life that matters, there needs to be discipline to brush away the debris of sin so it does not calcify. The harder our hearts become, the more it can dull your ability to perceive and understand Godly things.
Hebrews 3:15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.