Sugar & Featured

I drove to my dentist’s office Thursday afternoon

For a routine cleaning

I get my teeth cleaned every 4 months because I just like the way my teeth look and the way my mouth feels when I am super on top of my cleanings.

I was just there and posted about it April 7

I don’t have dental insurance and pay out of pocket 100% for all my dental care but it’s well worth it to me.

I may be a little OCD about my teeth and preventative maintenance but I’ve never had a cavity.  And I’d rather be proactive than reactive.

Plus when you go more frequently and don’t let things build up <–pun intended, when you are there and in the chair, the cleanings go really fast since you don’t have months or years worth of gunk built up.

I was in and out in about 40 minutes.

With a goodie bag, too.

Free samples always make me happy.

When I came home from the dentist, I realized that Spry Living Featured my Raw Vegan Chocolate Cookie Dough Balls

As part of their 6 Yummy Afternoon Snacks Feature

Here’s the recipe for my Cookie Dough Balls

Thanks, Spry Living for featuring me!

And I also realized that Foodgawker accepted these:

  • my foodgawker gallery

My Snickers Bar Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

So clearly it’s possible to eat sugar and not be destined for cavities.  Shhh, don’t tell my dentist.

From my last post, Beauty Then & Now, I loved reading about who you thought was beautiful and who you idolized growing up.  I Dream Of Jeanie and the Brady Girls were mentioned quite a bit.

And hearing about the shows you watched growing up was a little trip down memory lane for me, too, since I watched many of the same ones.   Saved By the Bell or the Price is Right anyone?

The winner of the Say NO to Auto Giveaway is:

katie @ KatieDid August 16, 2011 at 5:21 am

I love talking photography… I shoot with a DSLR and almost entirely in manuel. I finally committed to myself this summer to not take it off manuel, and all those numbers and letters finally made sense after just doing it! My biggest struggle right now is trying to find “my style”. I look at blog after blog with beautiful photos, all of them SO different and I love them all… sometimes I try to make my photos more like so- and so’s or someone elses but I’m trying to settle in to my own style more. Ahhh I just love all the endless possibilities with photography and how its challenged me and allowed me to be creative.

Congrats, Katie!


1. How good are you about going to the dentist?  Or preventative checkups and health maintenance, in general?  Ob/Gyno well-woman visits anyone?

I am all over the dental stuff and yes, I go annually for my well-woman checkups.   Some people say you can stretch those checkups out to every three years if you meet certain criteria but I just feel better when I go annually for those and every 4 months for my teeth.

I find that if I wait til every 6 months for my teeth, it’s just a wee bit longer than ideal.

2. Do you think there’s a correlation between sugar consumption and cavities?  Are you prone to cavities?

I am sure there are 987898 articles online about this, both pros and cons.

I have also read that some people’s mouths are more alkaline and some people’s are more acidic.  And one type of mouth is more prone to buildup, tartar, and plaque (that’s me) and others are more prone to cavities.

I brush 3 times a day with my electric toothbrush, I floss twice a day, I drink lots of water, I am all over the preventative dental trips, but I also eat sugar.  (See this post for my views on Desserts, Sugar, & Everything in Moderation)

I don’t know if I am doing things right or am a bit lucky when it comes to my teeth.  Or possibly both.

3. Weekend plans?

I am off to do something fun this afternoon.  More on that later!  TGIF!

51 comments on “Sugar & Featured”

  1. You do have pretty amazing teeth! I’ve been meaning to go for a clean/descale this year because I love the feeling afterwards too. We must be crazy – there’s not that many people in the world that willingly go to the dentist without there being an emergency connected to it!

  2. I had braces and applinaces in my mouth for my whole youth, and now I abhor the dentist! I almost never go. I try to just take care of my teeth the best I can, and hope for the best! I am not prone to cavities, and I don’t really think sugar is that bad.

  3. I have never had a cavity either! My dad brushed our teeth as kids (until we were about 10!). Oral hygiene was a big deal to him . We would have to stand in line..and he’d brush. I am very grateful he did that, and now i brush my son’s teeth as well. I am all for prevention!

  4. I hate the dentist but go twice a year, I think I’m prone to cavities and thinking my crohn’s may be to blame. I use a sonicare 2x a day and since using it my teeth are whiter. I have been told the toothpaste they use is bad if your teeth are already clean enough it breaks down the enamel on your teeth, so they don’t even clean mine half the time since they are clean. I do need to get better at flossing more often, I also only use natural tooth paste can’t stand reg anymore it tastes soo artificial to me. plus I can get toms of man 3pk cheap at bj’s club store.

  5. I am obsessed with dental hygiene as well. My dad is an oral surgeon so my family has always been up on our dental cleaning and good dental habits. Having said that, 2 of my 4 siblings had many cavities growing up the other 2-none. Genes defiantly affect the strength of our enamel. Some people are carriers for different strains of bacteria that live in our mouths that leads to cavities too.

    I believe sugar definitely contributes to cavities, but as long as you brush cavities can be avoided. Off to eat one of your marshmallow bars ;)

  6. I’m terrible on the whole preventive maintenance thing: admire that you do it so well. I also think you’re _lucky_ with the teeth to some degree: both my parents have really terrible teeth, and I’ve always taken really good care of mine but still got loads of cavities. It’s awesome that you haven’t, and I think it’s definitely true that if you take good care of your teeth, sugar isn’t a problem at all.

  7. I haven’t been great about it lately because my husband keeps getting laid off so we keep losing our insurance. I have a million cavities though. I always have, as a kid, and as I get older. Although the last time all I needed was to get an old filling replaced. So I must be doing a lot better!

    I was bummed that I didn’t get a freebie bag the last time I went. I never realized how fun it was, until I didn’t get one! I think my dentist is having problems because they used to be open five days a week and now they are only open two days and no free teeth-cleaning swag! Bummer.

  8. You are way better about going to your cleanings than I am! I go yearly, and dread the day. Of course, I love that feeling I get when I’m walking out. But I get way over dramatic about drills and sharp pointy things. ;)

  9. I used to go every 4 months, but am back to 6 months since my insurance didn’t cover the extra visit and I haven’t been having any problems.

    That’s awesome about Spry Living and Foodgawker, congrats!

    1. Every 6 months now.
    2. Yes, but mainly if teeth aren’t being probably brushed shortly after consumption. Problems start for people who snack on sugary treats at work, etc. and aren’t able to brush after.
    3. Not too many, visiting my grandma again and maybe a little shopping.

  10. Ahhhhh, congratulations on the feature! And getting something accepted by Foodgawker is definitely something to get excited about! I’ve only submitted one pic but it took me THREE tries to get them to accept it!

    I’m usually pretty good about keeping up with my regular annual doctor/dental visits…especially the dentist…gotta love the “goodie bags”!

    I don’t think there is as much of a correlation between eating sweets and cavities as there is between brushing/flossing AFTER eating sweets and cavities…can’t be having that stuff sit around in your mouth throwing a party in between your teeth! ;)

  11. Sugar is the theme of the day, now isn’t it. Regarding candida and cavities… I have no idea. I’ve never read any studies that correlate the two, but I’m sure there’s something out there. I have 1 filling, but only because I have a sensitive tooth and they thought that would fix it. Silly dentist, it only made it worse! Good thing is though, with the sensitive teeth I do have, they react when I eat sugar. So it kinda prevents me from eating the stuff. Pain is no fun!
    We are covered for our dental work but only for once a year. So silly. But we manage. Flossing everyday + brushing 3 times a day is our trick!

  12. I love the dentist!! I floss daily and that makes visits way easier. I wish I could go every 4 months, but my dental insurance says every 6 and I can’t afford to pay out-of-pocket. The last time I went I had a tiny cavity (they didn’t even fill it…waiting til my next cleaning), but they said it was because of the way my teeth are set and not anything I could have prevented. I was sooooo disappointed though!

  13. I love the dentist too! I hate it when I can start feeling buildup that I can’t get off myself. Unfortunately the insurance through my parents is up in September and I just had my last cleaning. Time to get a job with dental insurance or I’m paying out of pocket! lol

  14. i’m going to the dentist today – but to put in a crown (ugh) after a root canal (double ugh)

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