Visiting the dentist isn’t in my favorite destinations list, but alas it’s a necessity. When I didn’t visit the dentist for several years in a row, that first time back was a killer. I’ve learned than an hour twice a year with consistent daily hygiene is the key to a happy mouth.
Keeping a happy & clean mouth seems to be related not only brushing & flossing but also to what we put in our hearts, thoughts & emotions. Proverbs says that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Let’s be sure that our dental hygiene is every bit as important as our spiritual hygiene!
I’ve got my kids at the dentist for their regular checkup. We’re all hopeful for a no-cavity report, but that’s a stretch with 3kids & 96 total teeth (I think). We do this wonderful appointment twice a year & we cross our fingers, hoping for good outcomes.
Sometimes, people treat church like the dentist – a twice yearly visit, hoping for painless, quick & uplifting. Alas, dental hygiene is kind of like spiritual hygiene. Weekly visits, daily Bible time & occasional retreats often yield healthy spiritual growth. If plaque is like sin, then steady prayer & Bible time would be like daily flossing & brushing. Let’s stay the course until Christ be formed within us – Galatians 4:19!
My kids have their bi-yearly dentist check up next week & we will hopefully be cavity-free. I know that the hygienists will ask them if they floss & brush daily & my kids will answer with mixed results. As adults, most of us have probably already been down the dental hygiene road & appreciate the importance of regular brushing & flossing <– this video is CRAZY FUNNY!!!🙂
I think, however, that we might want to consider not only the hygiene for our teeth, but also the hygiene for our thoughts. Personally, when my thoughts begin to go down dark alleys, the consequences are very negative for the ABCs in my life (attitude, behavior & conversations). Paul tells us in 2 Cor 10:5 that we should take captive every thought that tries to lift itself higher than the knowledge of Jesus in our lives. Let’s be sure to make our thought life surrender to Jesus’ Lordship.
Perhaps mental hygiene is even more important than dental hygiene – but don’t tell my kids until after next week ,)