You grow up learning about candy, sweets, lollies, soft drink and all things related and how they are bad for your teeth. Well, if you’ve read any of my posts thus far, you’ll know that I don’t have any of the above. So you can imagine my shock at a recent dental check up, with the announcement that I had 7 cavities, 2 of them being really, really bad! $3.2K, here I begrudgingly come!
There I was, in that oh-so-comfortable position with a suction thingy collecting water and another thingy spraying it out, with latin terms being dictated from dentist to nurse as I made acknowledging noises in an effort to answer questions. As he finished his examination and x-rays, he sat me up, and said ‘it’s not cancer (ok, already here i was petrified!) but it’s a serious amount of cavities. “How does a healthy sugar free woman like you get teeth like this?” He was really shocked and concerned and I was damn near devastated! I am such a proud anti sugar / refined starches kind of girl… How did this happen? Admittedly I’d forgotten to go to the dentist for a couple of years, but to tell you the truth, I wasn’t really worried as I knew my diet was fantastic.
What they don’t tell you growing up, or at least I missed that class when they did, is that several other things are really bad for your teeth!
What did I drink bucket loads of during pregnancy? What do I kick start everyday with after brushing my teeth? What do I drink on non-drinking days to feel a zingy kick to my end of day drink? LEMONS. I am a lemon junkie through and through.
Lesson learned, and if you’re worried about your teeth, just book and get checked out. It only gets more and more expensive the more you ignore! Other top foods to avoid, or at least to rinse with water and then after about 20 minutes brush your teeth when enjoying are fruit juices, fruit, honey, anything starchy, any citrus, sports drinks and dried fruit as well as the night shade veggies tomato, potato, capsicum and eggplant. If you’re thinking what I’m thinking: We’re soon about to find out we can’t eat anything at all. Argh!
Who knew? I certainly now do!
So please remember, that while lemons are a cheeky $4 odd a kilo, if you don’t brush after eating them, you might find their price goes up by about $3K!