Police in Decatur, Ala., were called to a house in May on a report of a gunshot. They found that a 61-year-old man, who had been drinking beer to ease his toothache, had finally had enough and attempted to eliminate the tooth by shooting his jaw with a .25-caliber pistol. He was hospitalized.
Besides the shock of this story, this is a reminder that we are available 24/7 to take care of dental emergencies but also how important regular visits are. I often describe to my patients that diseases of the mouth can be silent until it surfaces with full vengeance.