I just went to the dentist. I’m not a dentist “hater”, but I firmly believe that you can love a person and hate their behavior and that’s how I feel about the dentist.
1. I absolutely despise having x-rays taken. Those sharp-as-knives bits of cardboard you’re supposed to bite down on? You know, the ones that slice into the soft tissue of your gums? Yeah, I hate those.
2. Hygienists: Don’t make small talk with me. Not only is it impossible to respond because my mouth is full of hand/tools/cardboard torture devices, but this is possibly the only quiet time I’ve had all day and I’d love to just zone out to the poster on the ceiling with the inspirational puppies.
3. I floss. I floss. Don’t try to tell me that I don’t floss.
There are foods to eat for optimal dental health.
Thankfully, Spabettie created an amazing (unintentionally dentist friendly) chickpea raisin “tuna” salad. It sounds weird, huh? So good. And not even “Holley eats weird things, so she likes it” good. Normal person good.
WebMD recommends hard, crunchy fruits and veggies like celery and apples for dental health. I WebMD myself frequently. I believe everything they tell me.
WebMD recommends nuts and other protein sources for healthy, pearly whites.
WebMD says that garlic has “broad antiseptic qualities.” I’ll take it.
And WebMD also says that you should avoid oranges because of their high acid content. Check out the background of my lunch.
Hopefully my antiseptic qualities balance out my acid content. I’ll eat whatever it takes to avoid the x-rays.