Today was the first time since before the pandemic that I had seen a dentist. Since it was a morning appointment, I did not have breakfast until 11:30am. It allowed me to eat my second meal later in the day. Over the past year, I have not been vigilant about flossing, and as a result there has been some damage to my teeth.
My hygienist told me that even after one meal, the bacteria in my mouth feed and produce enough waste to do real damage to my teeth, whether it be in plaque which can turn into tartar and strip the bone from teeth or contribute to cavities. When I picture this bacteria as a defeatable army, it makes it easier for me to develop better habits to prevent tooth decay. I feel determined to start flossing at least after each meal and keep that habit. It will be one less thing I live in a deficit of: toothy well-being.
pork rinds, Rotel dip, two poached eggs
fried chicken, grilled broccollini, flourless chocolate cake