Do you brush your teeth before you go to the dentist?
Isn’t that what you’re there for?
To get your teeth cleaned?
I also commit other horrific acts of dental deviancy such as eating popcorn before appointments, not flossing, and only brushing once a day.
No wonder my hygienist hates me.
Truthfully, I’m not too keen on her either.
First of all, she never talks during the cleaning.
I know I have all sorts of gadgetry and shiny metal objects in my mouth, but I still enjoy a good conversation.
And a break from that scraping metal on bone sound.
Second, she never compliments my teeth.
Every hygienist I have ever been to comments on the health of my teeth.
“Ooooooh, they’re so healthy…..and……tooth-y.”
“Why thank you. I brush them once I day and forget to floss 364 days a year.”
Is it too much to ask for a little external praise for not showing up with mouth full of decay?
I’ve only had one cavity in my entire life.
And most of my teeth are straight.
So suck it, Helen Hygiene.
My teeth are terrific.
But with age comes wisdom (teeth).
I decided to clean up my act and actually brush my chompers prior to an afternoon appointment.
At least, I thought about doing it.
Then I totally forgot to pack my toothbrush before heading to a work training.
But did you know that there are foods that can actually help clean your teeth?
Crunchy foods like celery and apples are especially efficient.
Good thing I packed a snack that’s practically the next best thing to Crest.
It tastes better too.
Forget boring, old ants on a log. Sink your teeth into crisp celery sticks with yogurt coated apples, raisins, and sunflower seeds for a healthy snack or emergency oral care kit.
Smile Maker Snack Sticks
8-10 celery sticks
1 medium apple (Fuji is a good choice)
1/4 cup non-dairy yogurt
1/4 cup raisins
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
Dice your apple into bite-size pieces and toss with lemon juice.
Mix apples, raisins, and sunflower seeds in a bowl.
Scoop into celery sticks.
Enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile and a happy hygienist.
Got leftover filling?
Top it with your favorite granola and chow down.
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