5 Tips for Healthy Teeth

Good afternoon and happy Friday! This weekend I have absolutely NOTHING planned for the first time in months and I could not be happier.

I wanted to share some healthy tooth tips since I have been getting a lot of dental work done lately (I’d been putting it off for a long time – bad idea, don’t put it off!).

1. Get regular cleanings & checkups. This is probably the most important because if you do have an issue you can catch it early and get it taken care of. Also, if you know you are going to the dentist every 6 months you may be more inclined to take care of your teeth because you don’t want your dentist yelling at you. Please don’t be scared – it’s really not as bad as you think it is, even if you have cavities. You’ll feel so much better when you know your teeth are all fixed up and in good health.

2. BRUSH & FLOSS after meals if the food gets easily stuck in your teeth – think chewy foods that you really use your molars for (worst offenders for this in my experience – sweets, fruits, breads & grains). Make sure you are brushing so that the brush gets in between the teeth as much as possible (kind of like sweeping from the bottom of the tooth up to the top – if that makes sense).

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(Kinda like this – Source)

3. Don’t snack frequently (especially on sugary stuff – even fruit!). The most common cause of tooth decay (aka cavities) is from acid that dissolves the tooth enamel. This acid comes from the breakdown of refined sugars by bacteria.

The output of this breakdown is acid –> enamel erosion –> cavities. (Going back to #1 – it’s really important to remove plaque because plaque is just a sticky deposit on your teeth made up of bacteria, food, and other debris. It causes cavities.)

Studies show that how often you have sugars in your mouth is much more predictive of your dental health than how much sugar you have. This means that the person who eats 5 apples slowly throughout the day is in worse shape than the person who quickly eats 5 apples in 10 minutes (god knows why this person is eating 5 apples in one day, but it gets the point across).

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(Apples! Good – in moderation.)

Worst offenders – sticky foods like caramel, gummies, jams and jellies. These stay on your teeth even after you stop eating them. Surprisingly, chocolate is not necessarily so bad because the sugars are coated in fat and they leave the mouth quickly. (Not the case though if you see chocolate sticking in your molars – brush that stuff out!) Bottom line – if you’re snacking throughout the day on sugary foods or soda (even diet soda – it’s acidic) – your teeth are under under attack from acid.

4. Eat for healthy bones. Your teeth, even though it may not seem like it, are living parts of your body. They are very much like bones. If you are not eating enough, you could be at risk for osteopenia/osteoporosis. These conditions can not only cause weakened bones, but also weakened teeth. The weaker the teeth, the more susceptible to decay. Not eating enough can also decrease saliva production which is another potential cause of tooth decay.

5. Good foods for healthy teeth are: fiber-ful veggies, unsweetened full-fat dairy products (milk, cheese – cheese also makes you produce more saliva which is good for the mouth), green and black tea (polyphenols kill/minimize bad bacteria), meats, and nuts. (Hey this sounds like the paleo diet doesn’t it?)

Great PDF I found while researching: Dental Tips by Delta Dental.

Do you have healthy teeth? What are your healthy teeth tips?

Honeymoon Planning & Couples Massage

Today was a nice, relaxing Sunday. We ate in for breakfast – oatmeal and eggs (same meal for each of us… except I finished Bobby’s for him). Scottish style oats (1 cup, split between us) cooked in water (2 cups) with a dash of salt. Topped with a bit of sugar. 2 eggs (each separately; 1 egg each) cooked like a pancake in peanut oil.

This afternoon we headed across the street to Enliven Body Works for a Couple’s Massage. I just wrote a review of it on Yelp. This place is great. They seem very TCM-y and they gave me the deep (and almost painful, but amazing) massage that I wanted/needed. This was our second time there and we’ll definitely be back.

In wedding news, we booked our honeymoon today. We’ll be in Maui (Hawaii) for 11 days. Can’t wait. At the very last minute we were debating between Maui and Paris/Rome, and we decided to go for Maui since it’s more relaxing. I emailed Kirsten over at Newlyweds Next Door and she gave me a great (and fast) response and made me feel much better about our decision. I think she’s going to do a post about honeymoons soon so if you’re looking for advice, definitely check out her blog.

For dinner we ordered 2 medium pizzas from Domino’s. Now hear me out: Domino’s has the best thin crust pizza; we get it with “light cheese” (which apparently means no cheese? fine by me) and veggie toppings. So simple; so cheap. Just $5.99 for each pie. I can’t see how a thin crust pizza with tomato sauce and veggies is in any way unhealthy. I can eat more than half a pie before I even begin to feel full. This was mine – spinach and onions (imagine red sauce):

Yum.

We are watching the basketball game now. I have no idea what is going on. I can’t follow basketball at all. Too fast and confusing. I prefer things like the amazing movie I watched today – Days and Clouds (Giorni e Nuvole). It’s Italian. I’m trying to brush up on my Italian. And French. Next up I need to learn Spanish (never took that one).

Do you watch sports? Can you follow them? The only sport I can keep up with is baseball… I get very distracted with other sports.

New Jersey: Trail Making & Wedding Planning

I mentioned on Sunday that we had adventures in New Jersey over the weekend. I happened to wake up around 7:45 on Saturday morning and I caught up with my dad before he left to go work on a nature trail by my parents’ house. He had to be there by 8:30 so I quickly convinced Bobby to get out of bed and come with us (this took a ton of some effort) and we arrived almost on time.

We worked on the Rockhopper Trail (so named because of the many rocks by and on the trail) all morning. Here are some pictures that the organizer, a very nice guy named Alan, took.

That last picture features Morel Mushrooms that one of the volunteers (Ben) found.

We split up into groups for the trail work. I worked on clearing out some invasive Multiflora Rose (an evil plant that scratched my legs), Bobby got to work on a drainage ditch, and my dad made some really impressive stone steps on a few parts of the trail. We even met another Cornellian – Bobby worked with him on the drainage project and they got to reminisce together.

After the trail work we went with my mom and sister to Whole Foods… for wedding planning. Yes, I think I am going to have Whole Foods cater my wedding. I want something seasonal, reasonable, and Maggie-approved – and Whole Foods fits the bill. I may keep some of my planning secret from now on though. I know that a lot of people that are coming read the blog and I don’t want to spoil the surprise of the big day.

I’m off to watch some Bones – my new Netflix streaming addiction. It’s yet another one of those formulaic crime dramas that I love so much.

What do you do after work during the week?