I'm worried about my undue tooth concern.
December 17, 2009 9:29 PM Subscribe
I am beginning to worry irrationally and frequently about the possibility of my teeth falling out when they are obviously fine, Is this something I should talked to a therapist about?
posted by emperor.seamus to Health & Fitness (20 answers total)
Okay, I don't have the best Oral health in the world, I won't lie about that, but right now? I have no unfilled cavities, no pain, occasionally a little blood on my brush, but beyond that? No real problems. Still, over the last couple of months I've been getting really really afraid that my teeth are going to fall out, not even the realistic rot away falling out either, more like when your milk teeth fall out. I'm spending hours at a time tonguing at one immovable tooth where I think I felt a little bit of looseness, or searching the top parts where they fit into the gums for a gap that might suggest one of them is starting to weaken.
I mentioned it to a friend of mine today, and realized for the first time that this is really really unlike me. I rarely even worry about things that are important, and I don't tend to dwell on things like illnesses I might get, or bad things that might happen. So I guess my question is, is this something I should worry about in terms of like, I don't know, a psychological problem? I've never had any issues in that area before, so I don't know if this is the kind of thing that they manifest as, and like I say, normally I'd just forget about it, but I've been worrying about my teeth progressively since around the start of October when I went back to university.
My university has free mental health staff (I'm afraid that's as specific as I can get, because I've only heard about this briefly in freshers week) to work with students, so money isn't likely be too much of an issue in whether or not I'm able to go and see someone, I'd just prefer not to waste anyone's time if this is just normal healthy worrying I'm doing.
If I'm just being stupid I'd really love to be told that, but it's bothering me that this is at once so persistent, to out of character for me, and so irrational.
Full disclosure: I have been watching a lot of The Sopranos lately. I don't think I'm that easily swayed? But I don't like to give myself too much credit either...