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The Dental Cripple
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"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh" (Ezekiel 36:26).

Have you ever heard of a “dental cripple”? I see them all the time! People are trying to eat with so many teeth missing that their chewing ability is significantly diminished.

For one reason or another a lot of people have had their teeth removed and have not had them replaced. The other teeth can drift and lean into the void. If allowed to remain that way for a period of time the teeth that are left will move, causing the bite to collapse. Collapsing of the bite can cause problems with the jaw joint. If this is coupled with the stress of clenching the teeth or a head or neck injury, the result could likely give a person tempromandibular dysfunction (TMD)—which is extremely painful. TMD is a condition involving the joint in front of the ear where the lower  jaw hinges with the upper jaw.

Removing a tooth can become a serious problem for many people!

Dentistry today can prevent many of these problems. If you have had a tooth removed it is important to replace it so your teeth will not drift. You can replace it with a fixed bridge that fills in the void. Another choice is to replace the tooth with a dental implant, which is placed directly into the bony tissues where the tooth was. There are ways to prevent future problems caused by the loss of a tooth if you should have no choice but to have an extraction. You don’t have to be a dental cripple!

Spiritual Cripples

Talking about “dental cripples” reminds me that people can also become spiritual cripples. We let sin create a void in our life like that formed by the removal of a tooth. We continue to let this gap damage our spiritual integrity until our life is in total dysfunction.

We are thankful that God has a solution for this void. He has defeated the enemy through the blood of His Son so that we can have victory over the problems that sin causes. The solution is to claim the result of Jesus’ victory and to let Him have control of our life. Let Jesus bridge the void that sin has created. Let Him implant into your heart and life what you need to be spiritually healthy.

Lord, thank You for Your promise to remove my stony heart and give me a new heart and spirit. 

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By Eddie C. Towles. Excerpted from Fit Forever, compiled by Kay Kuzma, copyright © 2005 by Review & Herald Publishing. Copyright © 2010 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®.

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